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MY POWERSAVING SCHEDULE WON'T SHUT OFF MY HARD DRIVE LIKE IT USED TO.  I HAVE THINGS SET JUST LIKE ALWAYS, AND IT SHUTS DOWN THE MONITOR AND THE SCREEN SAVER WORKS, BUT IT WILL NOT STOP THE HARD DRIVE...  WHAT DO I DO TO GET THIS FEATURE WORKING AGAIN? I HAVE WINDOWS 98 WITH 128 RAM AND 450 M.
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Question by:DREDGET
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by:Pasci
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Hi dredget,

Have you changed your screensaver recently? If its making sounds after the screensaver display goes off, I was wondering if that keeps the Hard Drive from shutting down.
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Make sure the settings in your display settings under 'screen saver' are set.  It's under the 'energy star' settings.  There is a setting for 'turn off hard disks'.  Check your power save settings in the BIOS also.  If you've recently changed hard drives, this can also be a problem...some drives do not shut down (western digitals - certain models), or have a softset program that enables and disables the powersave (maxtors).  Preferred settings in the screensaver are Power Schemes: Always On, System Standby: After 1 hour, Turn off monitor: After 1 Hour, Turn off Hard disks: After 2 hours.  This series of settings seems to be flexible enough to let the system work, but still shuts down after a period of inactivity.  Adjust them to your needs...you may have to try them out to get them set to the way your usage of the system is.
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by:kallstrk
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If none of the above works, you may want to try re-installing APM as well.  I've seen it just quit working out of the blue.  Go to device manager, system devices, remove Advanced power management.  Don't restart yet!  Reinstall it via Add new HW in the control panel.  After windows redetects it, restart & give it a whirl.

 If this feature is really important to you, and nothing has fixed it at this point, you may have to format/reload..i've seen it come down to that many times.  If it still fails after this, it may be a defective MBD Power management.  Try clearing NVRAM too before the format.  Good luck.
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by:kallstrk
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If none of the above works, you may want to try re-installing APM as well.  I've seen it just quit working out of the blue.  Go to device manager, system devices, remove Advanced power management.  Don't restart yet!  Reinstall it via Add new HW in the control panel.  After windows redetects it, restart & give it a whirl.

 If this feature is really important to you, and nothing has fixed it at this point, you may have to format/reload..i've seen it come down to that many times.  If it still fails after this, it may be a defective MBD Power management.  Try clearing NVRAM too before the format.  Good luck.
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by:DREDGET
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THANKS TO PASCI.  IT WAS A NEW SCREENSAVER, I GUESS.  CHANGED IT AND ALL IS FINE. THANKS AGAIN TO ALL..  WHAT A GREAT SITE!!!!!
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