How to Fix a Monitor that Keeps Going into Power Saving Mode

Why is my monitor in power-saving mode?

Your monitor may be in power saving mode because of a prolonged period of inactivity, no power supply or a drained battery. The computer battery stores the permanent settings in the computer such as the date and time when the computer is turned OFF. 

● Period of inactivity

● No power source

● Drained motherboard battery


Period of inactivity

When the computer is not used for a very long time, it goes into a power-saving mode in order to save battery power. This minimizes the power consumption when the computer is not in use. 


No power source

When the power source is unable to supply power to the computer because of an improper connection or it’s faulty, the monitor goes into power-saving mode to save the battery power of the computer. 


Drained motherboard battery

The computers are designed to detect dying motherboard batteries. Whenever the battery runs out of power to keep the computer running, the monitor automatically goes into the power-saving mode.


Why does my computer keep going into power save mode (Windows 10)?

Your computer keeps going into power save mode (Windows 10) because of insufficient power in the motherboard battery, screen inactivity or interrupted power supply from the source.

● Insufficient battery power

● Screen inactivity

● Interrupted power supply


How to fix the power save mode problem?

You can fix the power save mode problem of your computer by disabling the power saving settings. Follow the steps given below to disable energy-saving mode.

  1. In the “search” bar, type “power options”.
  2. In the pop-up window, under the “Choose Custom power plan” option, go to the “Change Plan Settings” option to open the “Edit Plan Settings” window.
  3. In the two options namely, “Turn off the display” and “Put the computer to sleep”, choose the “Never” option from the drop-down menu located alongside. Also, choose “Never” for both the “On battery” and “Plugged in” battery options.
  4. Click on the “Save Changes” button to save the changes. This will fix the power save mode problem of your computer. 


Monitor keeps going into power saving mode


How do you get a computer out of power save mode?

You can get your computer out of power save mode by disabling the power saving settings in the Advanced Power Options setting in the control panel of your computer. Here’s how you can do that step-by-step.

  1. Click on the battery icon located in the bottom right corner of your computer screen. Select the “Battery Settings” option. 
  2. Uncheck the option that says “Turn battery saver on automatically when my battery falls below” in the pop-up window. This will turn OFF the power saver when your computer is running on battery. 
  3. To disable the power saver when your charger is plugged in, go to the “Power Options” setting in the control panel of your computer.
  4. From the left-hand side panel, choose the “Create a Power Plan” setting. Click on the “High Performance” option and name the plan name as “Power Savings OFF”.
  5. Click on the “Next” button to go to the “Edit Plan Settings” option and turn the power saving settings to “Never” in both “On battery” and “Plugged in” modes. Click on the “Create” button. 
  6. Click on the “Change Plan Settings” option next to the newly created plan name “Power Savings OFF”. 
  7. Click on the “Change Advanced Power Settings” option. In the newly opened window, select the “Hard Disk” option to expand it. You will see an option of “turn off hard disk after”. Choose the “Never” option for “On battery” and “Plugged in” modes. Apply the changes and click the OK button. 


The monitor enters power save mode on startup

If the monitor enters power saver mode as soon as you start the computer, it may be because of a dying motherboard battery. To fix this issue, you will need to replace the motherboard battery with a new one.

Before moving on to replacing the motherboard battery, make sure that the RAM is not faulty, the video cables are attached to the right port and the CMOS is set to the right configuration. Here is how you can change the motherboard battery.

  1. Remove all the cables attached to your computer except the power cable. Mark the locations of all the cables so that there is no confusion while connecting them back.
  2. Remove the power cable and press the “Power” button present in the front of your computer. 
  3. Remove the screws on the backside of your computer and take out the upper panel by sliding it towards yourself.
  4. Find the battery that usually looks like a larger version of the cells installed in the watches. Mark the side of the battery that faces upwards. Remove the battery and buy a new one that has the same specifications as the old one. 
  5. Install the new battery in the same way as the old one. Make a careful observation of the battery orientation as improper installation can lead to explosions. 
  6. Slide the upper panel back in its place and fasten the screws. Connect the power cable and the other cables to the PC. This will fix the “Monitor enters power saver mode on startup” problem.


The computer in power save mode won’t turn on

Your computer may get stuck in power saver mode and it won’t turn ON because of a change in the configurations. These changes may arise due to corruption of drivers or a problem with the original configuration.

The problem can be easily fixed by following the steps given below.

  1. Shut down your computer. When you restart it, keep pressing the F8 key again and again. Do not press and hold the key. Keep pressing before the computer completely boots. 
  2. When your computer enters the safe mode, select the “Last Known Good Configuration” option from the list of options appearing on the screen. 
  3. Apply the changes and restart your computer to see if that works. This will hopefully fix the issue of the computer not turning on. 


My second monitor is stuck in power save mode

Your second monitor may be stuck in power saver mode because of issues with the display drivers or incompatible drivers.

You can simply fix the issue by following the steps given below.

  1. Shut down your computer and unplug the second monitor. 
  2. Uninstall all the display drivers using a Device Driver Uninstaller. This is usually used to find and delete all the faulty drivers easily. 
  3. Once the uninstallation is over, download the latest drivers from the official website of your graphics card provider. Install them properly and plug the second monitor back in. 
  4. Go to the control panel of your computer and select the power options. Change this option to “High Performance”. Apply the changes and click on the “OK” button to exit the window. This will fix your problem of the second monitor stuck in power save mode. 


How to fix a Dell monitor stuck in power save mode 

A Dell monitor tends to get stuck in power save mode because of a malfunctioning motherboard, bad RAM, loose video cables, faulty power supply or dead battery in the motherboard.

You can fix the issue by following the steps below:

  1. The RAM sticks or memory modules may undergo read and write failure. This causes the monitor to get stuck in the power-saving mode. You can fix this by removing the memory modules one by one. If there is a beeping sound after the removal of each memory module, then the motherboard is fine and the problem lies in the RAM. 
  2. Loose video cables can cause the monitor to get disconnected from the main system. As a result, the monitor gets stuck in the power saver mode. To fix this, you will need to replace the old video cables with the new ones. 
  3. The battery on the motherboard of your computer may die because of years of working and cause the Dell monitor to get stuck in the power-saving mode. This can be fixed by replacing the motherboard battery with a new one.
  4. If the Dell monitor still stays stuck in the power saver mode, try disabling the power saver settings from the control panel of the computer. Change the “Power Saver settings” to “Never” in both “On battery” as well as “Plugged in” modes. 


Why Lenovo monitor keeps going to power save mode

The Lenovo monitor may keep going into power saver mode because the battery saver is turned ON in the system settings. You can turn the battery mode OFF by following some simple steps given below. 

  1. Click on the “Advanced” menu located on the home screen of your desktop. 
  2. Go to the “Settings” option and tap on the “Power Saving Mode” option that appears on the screen. 
  3. Select the “Power Save Assistant” option and tap on the switch that appears on the screen. This will turn OFF the battery saver whenever your Lenovo computer is charging. 


Why HP monitor keeps going into power save mode

If your HP monitor keeps going into power save mode, it may be because the power saver settings are enabled on your computer. To disable the power save mode on your computer, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Right-click on your computer screen and go to the “Properties” option to open a new window called “Display Properties”. 
  2. In the pop-up window, go to the “Screen Saver” tab and click on the “Power” button.
  3. Go to the “Power Schemes” tab and open the drop-down menu under the “Turn OFF Monitor” option. You will see options like “Select the time after which you want your monitor to go into power saver mode” and “Never”.
  4. Select the “Never” option to stop your HP monitor from going into power saver mode. Click “OK” to apply the changes.

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