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Power Save Problems Please Help!!!

By ansed ·
I have a machine running Win98 Se it has amd athlon processor and a msi k7tpro2 motherboard.
Here is the problem. The monitor will intermittenly go into power save mode and will not come back up. I have disabled all power management features from the cmos and win98 settings. I have tried swaping out the video card, tried usinging a pci video card, check monitor cables and power cord, updated to the latest drivers,even tried uninstalling and removing all drivers and running in standard vga modestill goes into powersave even if I am in the middle of typing somthing or using the system.
Any help will be greatly appreciated!

thanks

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by TwitchMyth In reply to Power Save Problems Pleas ...

Have you updated the BIOS? Most powersaving is controlled from there.

also check that it IS powersaving thats the issue...ie is your system overheating or something? there are a couple of possibilities...but i have the feeling if you can update the BIOS it should work...

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by TheChas In reply to Power Save Problems Pleas ...

Can you borrow a different monitor to try?

It sounds like the monitor itself is shutting down.

This could be a bad monitor, or it could be overheating.

If the rest of the PC stays alive when the monitor shuts down, I would seriously suspectthe monitor itself.

The only other thing that I can think of is to run msconfig, and check what programs are loaded at startup.
If any power managment profiles are loaded, uncheck them and try it that way.

Chas

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by ansed In reply to Power Save Problems Pleas ...

I had already tried a different monitor, different power cable on the monitor. thats not is. its not overheating either I checked that also. I dont hink it is MS config as the moniter goes into power save while I am in the CMOS.

thanks anyway foranswering.

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by TheChas In reply to Power Save Problems Pleas ...

Okay, since you hadn't statted trying a different monitor in your question, that is why I asked that question first.

After looking at the manual for your motherboard, I have a new idea.

I have had numerous 'strange' problems with motherboards with the VIA KT133 chipset.
The 'fix' has been to manually set the CPU FSB and clock multiplier in BIOS settings.

If you have a 200 MHz FSB CPU, set the FSB to 100MHz, and the multiplier as needed.

If you have a 266MHz FSB CPU, set the FSB to 133 MHz, and the multiplier as needed.

If you have PC133 SDRAM, set the RAM speed so that you end up at 133MHz.

A good link for information on VIA based motherboards is www.viahardware.com
Pauls FAQs are very helpful.

Another thing, how much RAM do you have?
While it should not affect things while in BIOS settings, Windows can generate some 'strange' bugs if you have over 511MB of RAM installed.
I limit ALL of my 9X boxes to 384MB (3X 128MB).

One last thought, have you swapped thesystem power supply?
I have noticed a rash of power supplies that are 'peak' rated, and not continuously rated.
I have a 350 Watt peak rated supply, where the continuous power is under 250 Watts.

Another last thought, look at the motherboard around the large capacitors. There was a problem a while back where one of the capacitor manufactures made a bad lot of caps.
Parts from this lot fail by leaking the electrolyte. If the area around the base of the caps looks damp or has crystaline deposits, the caps may be bad.

Chas

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by ansed In reply to Power Save Problems Pleas ...

thank you, I changed the clock speed and this seems to have resolved the problem. Thank you also for the link as I did find info there useful.

thank you.

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