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Dell Inspiron 1521 constantly reverts to default power settings

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Marc B., Mar 8, 2010.

  1. Marc B.

    Marc B. Flightless Bird

    I have a Dell Inspiron 1521 running WinXP SP3 (and the latest BIOS from Dell)
    that is connected to an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse (the screen
    remains closed and the display output is set to external monitor only via FN
    keys). For whatever reason, over the past several weeks, the power settings
    on the machine keep getting reset and reverting back to the standard
    portable/laptop configuration, including causing the machine to go into
    standby every night (which is not what I want because I have Norton Ghost set
    up to backup the machine every night to a network drive). This never used to
    happen before, but I can't figure out what has changed. I had previously set
    up a customized power scheme (named Customized #1) that told the machine to
    never go into standby, and when I set it to this, it seems to hold for a few
    days, and then even though it still displays as being on Customized #1 power
    scheme, the actual settings revert (such as 20 mins for standby instead of
    Never).

    Anyone have any suggestions on what I can try to prevent this, as it is
    becoming extremely annoying! Thanks!

    --
    - marc
    http://www.marcbressman.com
    http://www.falconcc.com
     
  2. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    Marc B. wrote:
    > I have a Dell Inspiron 1521 running WinXP SP3 (and the latest BIOS
    > from Dell) that is connected to an external monitor, keyboard, and
    > mouse (the screen remains closed and the display output is set to
    > external monitor only via FN keys). For whatever reason, over the
    > past several weeks, the power settings on the machine keep getting
    > reset and reverting back to the standard portable/laptop
    > configuration, including causing the machine to go into standby
    > every night (which is not what I want because I have Norton Ghost
    > set up to backup the machine every night to a network drive). This
    > never used to happen before, but I can't figure out what has
    > changed. I had previously set up a customized power scheme (named
    > Customized #1) that told the machine to never go into standby, and
    > when I set it to this, it seems to hold for a few days, and then
    > even though it still displays as being on Customized #1 power
    > scheme, the actual settings revert (such as 20 mins for standby
    > instead of Never).
    >
    > Anyone have any suggestions on what I can try to prevent this, as
    > it is becoming extremely annoying! Thanks!


    As annoying as finding your post in multiple newsgroups - multiposted
    instead of cross-posted - saving not only those who might answer your query
    the annoyance of seeing it 'unread' multiple times, but it would have also
    saved you effort, time and in the end gotten you the same audience but more
    spreading of the knowledge as it would be ONE post across several forums and
    answered in all at one time.

    http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm

    Check your drivers.
    Check your BIOS settings.
    Check for malware.

    --
    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
    --
    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
     
  3. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Mar 8, 11:07 pm, Marc B. <mjb44guard-
    use...@yahoo.com.please.remove.to.send.email> wrote:
    > I have a Dell Inspiron 1521 running WinXP SP3 (and the latest BIOS from Dell)
    > that is connected to an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse (the screen
    > remains closed and the display output is set to external monitor only viaFN
    > keys).  For whatever reason, over the past several weeks, the power settings
    > on the machine keep getting reset and reverting back to the standard
    > portable/laptop configuration, including causing the machine to go into
    > standby every night (which is not what I want because I have Norton Ghostset
    > up to backup the machine every night to a network drive).  This never used to
    > happen before, but I can't figure out what has changed.  I had previously set
    > up a customized power scheme (named Customized #1) that told the machine to
    > never go into standby, and when I set it to this, it seems to hold for a few
    > days, and then even though it still displays as being on Customized #1 power
    > scheme, the actual settings revert (such as 20 mins for standby instead of
    > Never).
    >
    > Anyone have any suggestions on what I can try to prevent this, as it is
    > becoming extremely annoying!  Thanks!
    >
    > --
    > - marchttp://www.marcbressman.comhttp://www.falconcc.com


    There are lots of things you can try, but maybe you would rather fix
    things instead of trying things.

    To eliminate questions and guessing, please provide additional
    information about your system.

    Click Start, Run and in the box enter:

    msinfo32

    Click OK, and when the System Summary info appears, click Edit, Select
    All, Copy and then paste the information back here.

    There will be some personal information (like System Name and User
    Name), and whatever appears to be private information to you, just
    delete it from the pasted information.

    Perform some scans for malicious software, then fix any remaining
    issues:

    Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware
    detection programs:

    Malwarebytes (MBAM): http://malwarebytes.org/
    SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/

    They can be uninstalled later if desired.
     
  4. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    One or more options/settings in an ever-growing number of third-party
    applications may be disallowing the changes from "sticking." These include
    anti-spyware applications (e.g., Ad-aware's Ad-Watch, Spybot Tea Timer,
    SpywareBlaster, SpySweeper, Spyware Doctor, CounterSpy, WinPatrol, etc),
    anti-virus applications & security suites (Norton, McAfee, ESET/NOD32,
    Kasperky, Trend Micro, etc.), and third-party firewalls (e.g., Zone Alarm,
    etc.).

    Note that temporarily disabling the application(s) or rebooting into Safe
    Mode may not disable the application's system protections.

    Marc B. wrote:
    > I have a Dell Inspiron 1521 running WinXP SP3 (and the latest BIOS from
    > Dell) that is connected to an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse (the
    > screen remains closed and the display output is set to external monitor
    > only via FN keys). For whatever reason, over the past several weeks, the
    > power settings on the machine keep getting reset and reverting back to the
    > standard portable/laptop configuration, including causing the machine to
    > go
    > into standby every night (which is not what I want because I have Norton
    > Ghost set up to backup the machine every night to a network drive). This
    > never used to happen before, but I can't figure out what has changed. I
    > had previously set up a customized power scheme (named Customized #1) that
    > told the machine to never go into standby, and when I set it to this, it
    > seems to hold for a few days, and then even though it still displays as
    > being on Customized #1 power scheme, the actual settings revert (such as
    > 20
    > mins for standby instead of Never).
    >
    > Anyone have any suggestions on what I can try to prevent this, as it is
    > becoming extremely annoying! Thanks!
     
  5. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Mar 9, 10:03 am, "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABear...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > One or more options/settings in an ever-growing number of third-party
    > applications may be disallowing the changes from "sticking." These include
    > anti-spyware applications (e.g., Ad-aware's Ad-Watch, Spybot Tea Timer,
    > SpywareBlaster, SpySweeper, Spyware Doctor, CounterSpy, WinPatrol, etc),
    > anti-virus applications & security suites (Norton, McAfee, ESET/NOD32,
    > Kasperky, Trend Micro, etc.), and third-party firewalls (e.g., Zone Alarm,
    > etc.).
    >
    > Note that temporarily disabling the application(s) or rebooting into Safe
    > Mode may not disable the application's system protections.
    >
    >
    >
    > Marc B. wrote:
    > > I have a Dell Inspiron 1521 running WinXP SP3 (and the latest BIOS from
    > > Dell) that is connected to an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse (the
    > > screen remains closed and the display output is set to external monitor
    > > only via FN keys).  For whatever reason, over the past several weeks,the
    > > power settings on the machine keep getting reset and reverting back to the
    > > standard portable/laptop configuration, including causing the machine to
    > > go
    > > into standby every night (which is not what I want because I have Norton
    > > Ghost set up to backup the machine every night to a network drive).  This
    > > never used to happen before, but I can't figure out what has changed.  I
    > > had previously set up a customized power scheme (named Customized #1) that
    > > told the machine to never go into standby, and when I set it to this, it
    > > seems to hold for a few days, and then even though it still displays as
    > > being on Customized #1 power scheme, the actual settings revert (such as
    > > 20
    > > mins for standby instead of Never).

    >
    > > Anyone have any suggestions on what I can try to prevent this, as it is
    > > becoming extremely annoying!  Thanks!


    That could also be a factor since I know for a fact that MBAM will
    want to adjust some security settings you may have made into what it
    thinks are in your best interest - but with a suitable warning. so you
    still have to acknowledge it and choose to let it adjust them back.
    For example, if you turn off Security Center warning messages - MBAM
    would like to "fix" that for you - and it will if you let it, but you
    can also tell it not to. It is not a change that doesn't stick - it
    is a change that it offers to correct.

    What examples do you have of other third party tools that will prevent
    changes from sticking?

    It is easy to list a whole bunch of things and say they might
    interfere, but I would like to install any of them, make the change
    you then suggest in an example you supply and have it not stick or
    somehow be undone without me being told about it.

    I don't want to know which ones "may disallow changes" - I want to
    know which one does disallow changes and what changes are disallowed
    so I can try it. List several if possible.
     

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