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How to set computer to be on all the time

by susien428 / May 6, 2007 8:51 PM PDT

I have a Dell Inspiron Laptop, Media version, Win XP with SP2. It won't stay on Standby, just for a few minutes so I would like to have the computer running all the time but with a black screen. When I just leave it turned on, it runs my screensaver for hours. What are the proper settings in order to leave it turned on all the time or is it a bad idea to have it turned on all the time. I have been having to shut it down when finished with whatever I was doing.

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Laptops cost more is almost every way.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 6, 2007 9:48 PM PDT

And have higher repair bills. So when you aren't using it, try the HIBERNATE feature. It boots in 15 seconds for me so that should be a nice option.


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Black Screen success for me
by tallin / May 7, 2007 6:31 AM PDT

I only turn off my computer every 5 days, also turn off the monitor.
I am running Windows XP/SP2.
To enable a black screen with your computer running I do the following:

Right click on the desktop/properties/screensaver tab/power schemes tab/power schemes always on /turn off Monitor 5 minutes/ HardDisk and system standby........never

Hope this helps.

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by Thorndove / January 5, 2008 10:26 AM PST

Hi Everyone,
I've read alot of comments on how to fix a Lost Power Scheme problem. To be honest, there wasn't one comment that was right. The biggest thing people want you to do, including 'The So-Called "Tech Support fellas is to....Format Your Computer. That's absolutely Lame. It really depends on the type of OS you have. Most people don't know the proper command so they go the wide way to H_ _ _ and back. Try this, first read the below article and decide which command fix is good for you. Formatting is the LAST RESORT!!

This command worked for me I run XP-Home and Pro:

Method 1: Use the Powercfg.exe utility to restore the default power scheme
You can use the Powercfg.exe utility to copy the power scheme from the Default Userprofile to the user who is currently logged on. You can do this because power schemes are uniquely associated with individual user accounts. To copy the power scheme from the default user by using the Powercfg.exe utility, follow these steps:1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
2. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
powercfg /RestoreDefaultPolicies
..guess what you now have your options back, pays to research. I wish you 'Good Luck,..and mind is terrible thing to waste!!

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by overlook101 / August 26, 2008 5:38 AM PDT

Thanks Thorndove your the best.

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Lost power schemes
by strike force / December 12, 2008 8:35 PM PST

I tried using your suggestion for the command and it worked perfectly.
Thank You

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lost power schemes
by m0bek / December 13, 2008 1:49 AM PST

goto start menu then run, type in cmd (enter) you are now in a dos window. type in cd c:\windows/system32(enter)
dos is not a forgiving format so you need to type it in EXACTLY as shown including the space between the cd and c:

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True Fix
by scott.ager / April 4, 2009 9:54 AM PDT

Man, you saved me a buttload of wasted time.
I owe you a beer.......


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Accidentally deleted all power configurations
by not_so_clever / December 9, 2009 7:01 AM PST

many thanks Thorndove
this really was a quick fix,

1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
2. At the command prompt, type the following command,

powercfg /RestoreDefaultPolicies

and then press ENTER:

"" DONE!!!

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