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#1 Oct 19 2010 at 5:58 PM Rating: Decent
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I am having an issue with my computer going into power save mode when even I restart my computer. Sometimes I can get it to come back if I let it sit for a while, but latily not even that anymore. Now when I take it in to someone to look at it, it works just fine with their power cables and monitors. I have tried switching monitors at home and none of mine work, just goes back to power save mode. I have bought a new video card, but that wouldn't work either. The only thing I can manage to do is buy a new dvi cable and it will turn back on. That is untill I restart it again, then its right back to power save mode. The wierd thing is the same thing happened to my wifes computer first. I tried switching all my monitors around, the cables, video cards, everything and nothing worked. So I just broke down and bought her a new computer. Now mine is doing it, and I just bought a new computer again. I've even tried replaceing the little battery on the motherboard but still nothing. Sometimes I can get the monitor to come back if I switch the cable between the 4 dvi connectors on the computer. I'm at my wits end here and no one seems to know what the deal is.

Im running a Dell XPS 625 with AMD phenom II x4 940
dual Radeon 4650hd graphic cards
8g ram
not sure what the mother board is but its standard for a xps 625
#2 Oct 19 2010 at 6:09 PM Rating: Decent
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What kind of power supply are you using?
If you have a 450W or lower, and if you have more than one DVD rom, more than one harddrive, changed to a newer (more powerful) graphic card, and/or added in more fans, your power supply may not have enough power to keep everything running.

edit: just saw you had a DUAL 4650, so you'll need a 550W or higher power supply for it.

Edited, Oct 19th 2010 8:11pm by dunlag
#3 Oct 19 2010 at 6:10 PM Rating: Decent
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Version of windows? You said you replaced the video card... does your power supply unit have enough juice to power it?
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#4 Oct 19 2010 at 6:11 PM Rating: Decent
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750w power supply and vista 64 ultimate
#5 Oct 19 2010 at 7:14 PM Rating: Decent
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Your running dual vid cards.Did you add the second card or did it come that way from Dell?
What PSU do you have?

At any time did you switch out monitors while the PC was powered up?

When you took the PC in and it worked at the shop,you said they used their PSU power cord.

Some things you can try.

Get a new power cable for your PSU.(I have 15 or 20 of these brand new layin around,lol).
The shop you took it to would probably give you 1,or try the 1 off your wifes new machine.

Try running with just a single video card instead of dual.(check your manual).
Your PSU may be too wuss to run dual.
If that's not it just leave the 2nd vid card out for now.

If you're not able to get into the BIOS,try clearing CMOS.

If you're able to get in the BIOS verify it's set to S3, or disable Power Savings.

Rearrange your memory sticks and make sure all cards are well seated.

Check for a bad memory stick by running only 1 stick at a time in the first position.

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#6 Oct 19 2010 at 7:41 PM Rating: Default
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Ive tried all those ideas aside from clearing my cmos because I could never see anything to do that.

I have just recently bought a new battery for the motherboard, and while it didnt work right after i got home and powered it back up, it seems to be working now, ive restarted if a few times and shut it down a few times and it keeps coming back up just fine now.
#7 Oct 20 2010 at 2:54 PM Rating: Default
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well the new battery helped on my computer, but my wifes is still staying on power save mode. ><
#8 Oct 20 2010 at 3:09 PM Rating: Decent
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Set your power profile to performance so it can't go into power saver mode. Then you will narrow the problem down some. Also make sure the toggle switch on your power supply is set to 115/110 and not 220. It will still turn on when set to 220 but it will not work well LOL.
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