What is the desktop properties?


I have a Dell Inspiron 2650 laptop running XP Pro. When I originally purchased it, the company IT tech set it up to conform to company standards. At that time I could close the lid to put the laptop to sleep. To wake it up I only had to open the lid. (This was the common setup for all company-owned laptops.)

After I left the company, I re-installed XP to delete the company setup/configurations (admin priviliges/email/etc). After the install, I could only put the laptop to sleep by selecting "Standby" in the Shutdown screen, but then it would not restart. (I see on your website that this is a common problem.) I re-installed XP a second time, and even this "Standby" capability disappeared ("Standby" is now grayed out on the Shutdown screen). Also, on the Settings/Power Management screen, under the "what do I do when the lid is closed" menu, the only selection that appears is "Do Nothing."

I'd like to be able to put my laptop to sleep as before (by closing the lid). Can I do this? Should I do this? (since according to one of the answers on your website, re-initiating the "Standby" mode seems to be a problem). Should I cut my losses and just "shutdown" my computer when I am through using it?

Thanks for the help --

Steve Oswald


This question was answered on November 17, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Steve closing your lid to put it on standby is not a problem for your laptop because i have the same module and i do the same thing what you need to do is right click the desktop to pull up the properties click the screen saver button then the power button on the mid right hand make you have the power scheme set to portable\laptop then on the power settings under that set all to never then click on the hibernation button click on enable hibernation apply and you can close it and it will set to standby on its own

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 17, 2003