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Cutting Off And Unrevivable Power Saving Mode


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#1 papilio

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 01:41 AM

Hello, my computer has been just cutting off or going into power save mode for no reason. The screen goes blank. I push a button on the monitor and it says it is in power save mode and to push any key, touch mouse, or push the power button on the computer. I try all of these and none of them will revive the computer from this power save mode. The only thing I can do to restart my computer is to cut it off at the power strip. AHHHH, I know this is not good for it, but what else can I do?
I have a hp pavilion a1130n with windows xp, and I was using Microsoft Internet Explorer when it happened. And I was using the mouse looking around on Google Earth and it just cut off on me twice! It also happnes sometimes whenever I am playing Madden 2006. This thing may still be under warranty.

Is there something I can do? Or does this sound like a serious problem for and expert?


A while back my computer crashed. First, I bought an HP to replace it from Fry's. The hard drive was corrupt, and had numerous problems. I could tell right off the bat that this computer had serious problems. It was supposed to be new, but I had my doubts. The windows Media player did not work and the cd burner would not work right out of the box. The phone support told me to box it up and take back to the store, after receiving the results of a test they told me to run on it.

Next, I ordered a Dell offline. First thing I do is to try and copy a cd. It doesn't work. After two days on the phone with the tech assistance they tell me to box it up and send it back that the hard drive is corrupt.

Finally, I get to where I am now. I bought another HP from Best Buy, because I wanted the lightscribe and it seemed like an unbeatable deal. The only problem that I have had with this computer is this cutting off into and unrevivable power shaving mode. Usually when I am using something that has graphics like Madden 2006 or, just tonight, twice in a roll whenever I was using Google Earth. I had prayed that my computer nightmares were over with this one, but now it appears as though my curse may not be lifted. I am gonna check the reciept and find out if this thing is still under warranty. I will wait to say what yall say before I take it in, but I may call them tomorrow to see if it is still under warranty if I cannot determine that from my end.


Thanks

Papilio



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Posted 23 February 2006 - 03:55 PM

Try updating your video drivers. Here's a link to the drivers at the ATI site: https://support.ati.com/ics/support/default...ge&folderID=293

I prefer to use the drivers from the video chip manufacturer - as I've had problems with video drivers (on HP's) from HP and Microsoft.
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Posted 23 February 2006 - 04:05 PM

Also,
Go into Power Options in the control panel and disable hibernate and standby.

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 04:54 PM

What everyone needs to remember here is that a lot of monitors will report "power save mode" when it actually means "there is no video signal coming from your computer". So your computer can totally lock or even lose power and the monitor will be the device displaying that the PC is in power save mode when it may not be.

I am going to go with the thought that your computer is hard locking or crashing instead of it being a hibernation issue. chkdsk /f should prompt a file system check on reboot, updating motherboard BIOS is always a good shot as well as video drivers as another poster mentioned. Just in case, make sure all hibernation support is turned off in control panel -> power options and in the bios.




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