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computer shuts down when idle

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#1 drussp


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Posted 23 November 2011 - 01:27 PM

3 days ago my PC started shutting down when idle for a short time - apparently when monitor screen goes to black. I have Win 7 and IE 8 and everything was fine for last 2 yrs. I have ran spybot, anti-malwarebytes. and Ccleaner along with MS security essentials. It only shuts down when idle. Would appreciate any help on this.

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#2 HBIC32


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Posted 25 November 2011 - 03:16 PM

This could be one (or maybe both?) of 2 things:

Check your power options.

1:) Go to your Start menu, and type "power" in the search box. Click the icon that says "Power Options"
2.) On the left sidebar, click the option that says "Change when the computer sleeps"
3.) There will be 2 drop down boxes here. Click each one and put the setting where you want it. I have both of mine on "Never" because i hate the sleep/hibernation mode.

Turn off your screensaver, which could be using up too much memory, or graphics resources. (Since you did not input any of your computers information, i cannot make a full diagnosis here.)

1.) Right click your desktop, and click "Personalize"
2.) At the bottom right of the window that comes up, you'll see "screen saver" Click it
3.) In the window that pops up, click the drop down box and click "None"

Test this again by allowing the computer to idle for as long as it needs to. If you're still having the issue after this, let us know.


well after some more thinking this could also be a power supply error. "Kernel power" I don't know enough about it to give solid advice, perhaps someone else will come along i hope!

Edited by HBIC32, 25 November 2011 - 03:26 PM.

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