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#1 RCB


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Posted 24 July 2006 - 05:15 AM

Windows XP SP2 on eMachines laptop.

Power options settings box is grayed out.
No power schemes listed.
No settings possible.



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#2 diana1096


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Posted 24 July 2006 - 06:49 AM

Look at system properties to see what xp is using for power management. See if it is enabled. Many laptops are rather odd. They might require special tweaks that the manufacturer did on the previous OS to get it to work.

found while re-searching your problem:
remember to always back up your registry before doing ANY changes to it.
I would also wait for someone who's been around here awhile to add to or change this advise.
Esp. if you've never worked with your registry before.

Mark in Redondo Beach - recreating default power schemes in XP
After doing some research Iíve determined that there is no standard default power scheme, since OEMís often customize these. However, Kellyís Korner XP (a fabulous Windows XP tweak resource) has a generic set you can download from here as a Registry file. Download the file and double click it to install the power schemes in XP. You may want to tweak these a little in the Power Options control panel after you install them.

Edited by diana1096, 24 July 2006 - 06:55 AM.

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 08:19 AM

Yes diana1096 is correct about laptops being special. Since the power settings are all grayed out there might just be something about this model of laptop that requires special attention. In this case I would suggest calling the manufacturer's tech support even if it means paying for tech support to fix this, actually it might be normal for this model and there might just be their own special spot to do this job.

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 10:33 AM

My Toshiba laptop refuses to let me use the Windows power settings and insists that I use the Toshiba utility for it - so it's possible that this is "by design" with the eMachines laptops.

I've disabled all of the Toshiba power stuff on my laptop and can now use the Windows tools (and don't miss the Toshiba stuff at all!)

The point here is that you can adjust the Windows power schemes via the registry - but those changes may not be usable because of a running program (designed by eMachines) may prevent access to these settings.

The process for reverting back to the Windows power scheme rather than the Toshiba power scheme was painful to say the least. It required a lot of research just to figure out which programs caused it. Then there was the possiblity that I might break something unknown when I disabled it and would render my laptop useless (but thankfully I had the recovery DVD handy for just such a possibility!).

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 10:44 AM

I have a desktop model emachine and feel your pain with their tech support. If your still in their database or still fairly new just send tech support an email. If they don't have to do anything they won't charge you but heed my warning-> some of them don't know what they are doing.
I called one night because I kept getting blue screened and I don't know if it was a bad night for him or what but he give me the instructions to do a reinstall the hard way. Since emachines doesn't ship with install disks I would've been up the creek. So take some salt with what they say. :thumbsup: Good luck.

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