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How do I permanently de-activate NIC Power management from Dell Quickset?

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We have Dell D531 laptops, that have quickset utility. There is an issue with the internal NIC configuration part of quickset switching off the NIC when operating on battery. This is supposedly only when the RJ45 cable is unplugged, but in practice, it doesn't come back up when the cable is plugged in. We have tried switching this off in control panel, but as soon as we reboot the laptop, it reverts back to default setting. Can't find registry entry to remove it either. Have also tried de-activating in device manager/broadcom NIC/Power management - unchecked "allow the computer to turn off this device to save power". Thi setting is maintained on re-boot, but is obviously ignored/over-ridden by quickset.
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by:moosecaboose
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Not sure how answering your own questions works here. But what I've done is to uninstall Quickset. Simple answer I know. As far as I'm concerned you really don't need Dell's software anyway. Just the drivers.
I did find another post relating to the same problem;
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Networking_Hardware/Adapters/Q_22667462.html
In this post he talks about not being able to uninstall the software. This is not true on the Dell D531's. A simple trip to Add/Remove works.

Now the soloution here is to use AutoRuns for Windows from Sysinternals.
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/ProcessesAndThreads/Autoruns.mspx
This is an excellent tool if a bit awkward to find things.
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Yep, that's exactly what I was going to suggest.

Quickset is just one of many programs we rip out of machines when speeding a computer up, along with all the other bloatware. Dell support, musicmatch jukebox, and about 10 other things.

Never really found any major upside to having Quickset in there.

We usually install Ccleaner and use it to rip through the startup sequence removing junk like iTunes Helper, Quicktime Launcher, AOL dialer, messenger, adobe photo downloader, etc.
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