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Dell Inspiron 1545 not going into sleep mode when shut

by joeyalison / August 30, 2009 4:39 AM PDT

My Dell Inspiron 1545 only shuts down when I close it instead of going into sleep mode. I've checked the preference in the Power Options section of the Control Panel to tell it that I want it to sleep on closing, but then it shuts down instead. This causes Windows to shut down incorrectly and closes all open programs. Any ideas why this is happening?

I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1.


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Try this test.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 30, 2009 5:01 AM PDT

Click on the start orb thing (what do we call that round thing on the screen now?) and manually select sleep mode. Does it crash and burn like it does when the lid closes?

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Just tried it.
by joeyalison / August 30, 2009 5:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Try this test.

Thanks for the reply!

Putting it into sleep mode manually, via the Start Menu, works just fine. Which is good I guess. But it would be great if I could just close the laptop and have it sleep automatically - like it did for the first 4 months I've had this computer.

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Back to power options
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 30, 2009 5:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Just tried it.

Now change ALL to shutdown. Then ok your way out. Now back tp power options and change them to sleep mode as you see fit.

Good luck.

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no luck
by joeyalison / August 30, 2009 9:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Back to power options

Thanks for the suggestion, but it didn't work. Any other ideas?

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Reload the OS is next.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2009 12:37 AM PDT
In reply to: no luck

I've seen this after registry cleaners and malware attacks. We no longer find people willing to pay the hours needed to repair this. It's cheaper, faster to reload the OS and drivers.

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PS. Forgot one thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2009 12:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Reload the OS is next.

ANY "protection" software can break this. For example, Norton, Spybot's Teatimer and a list far too long to put here. You must KNOW what your add on software does here.

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