Why does my Dell randomly go into power save mode?

Jay Rauca October 6, 2012
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I’ve had this Dell Optiplex GX520 for a while and recently it would just shut down on its own with no warning whatsoever and then this message appearing on the screen “Entering Power Save Mode”. It would shutdown at random. Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. Jay Rauca
    November 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    change the battery. computer working fine now. looks like it did the job. thanks all

  2. shaurya gupta
    October 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

    1.Change battery as an experimental option.
    2.Keep the laptop on a hard surface to make sure that there won't be any overheating.

  3. Sue Smith
    October 7, 2012 at 5:49 am

    see how you have it set up it may be on power save mode if its not used for a while

  4. Calle Sweden
    October 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Maybe you power saving button is broken? (if you have one) If not, the i would guess that the battery is broken/to old.

  5. GrrGrrr
    October 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I suggest you to check your power options. The settings might have enabled to enter power saver mode after x minutes.

  6. ha14
    October 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Your computer can be set to use less power when you are not working. You control the power usage through the operating system installed on your computer and certain option settings in system setup. These periods of reduced power are called "sleep modes."
    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/opgx520/en/ug/advfeat0.htm#wp1126306

    Troubleshooting Tools and Utilities: Dell™ OptiPlex™ GX520 User's Guide
    http://www.laundrycard.com/confluence/download/attachments/2359652/Dell+OptiPlex+GX520+Systems+User's+Guide.pdf

    Use the lights to help you troubleshoot a computer problem based on the diagnostic code
    Diagnostic Lights
    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/opgx520/en/ug/tools00.htm#wp1114558

    If the power light is amber and green or steady amber — A device might be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed.
    If the power light is blinking amber — The computer is receiving electrical power, but an internal power problem might exist.

  7. Adrian Rea
    October 6, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Oh yes There is also issues of the connector. In many dells, the socket on the laptop you plug the power into sometimes comes loose on the mother board and this makes an intermittent connection. The only answer to this would be to open it up and resolder or replace the port.

  8. Adrian Rea
    October 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

    My Dell can do the same, just be aware that if it is not the battery, it could be overheating and you would need to adjust your position or open it up and remove dust and muck build up.

  9. Harish Jonnalagadda
    October 6, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Go into the Control Panel and check how you have configured settings for the Power

  10. Isaac Elesha
    October 6, 2012 at 6:37 am

    To be sure your battery is the cause of the problem,remove the battery and run the pc only on your AC adapter.it is either you have a bad battery or there is a problem with your power settings.pls let's know what you come up with.

  11. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 6, 2012 at 3:10 am

    seems like you are facing problems with your battery. check whether the battery is getting charged and check you power cable that connect you to external power source. if battery is dead, you have to change it.

    • Ahmed Khalil
      October 6, 2012 at 6:27 am

      i agree with you he has to check his battery status

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