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Why can't I enable stand-by mode in windows 98 ?


I disabled stand-by mode a few days ago when a message popped up asking if I wanted to keep stand-by mode enabled due to some reason. Now I'm trying to enable it..I tried Windows help but that didn't help. It's not an option under the Advanced Power Management box like the window's help said it would be. Can you help?


This question was answered on July 14, 1999. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

This information was found in the Microsoft web site, hope this will be able to slove your problem.

Computer Is Unable to Go to Standby Mode

The information in this article applies to:

Microsoft Windows 98


When your computer has been inactive long enough for it to go to Standby mode, it may not go to Standby mode Also, you may receive a message that says your computer will standby in 15 seconds, but your computer may not go to Standby mode


This problem may occur if one of the following Windows 98 screen savers is currently the active screen saver:

3D Flower Box

3D Flying Objects

3D Maze

3D Text

Channel Screen Saver


To work around this problem, use any of the following methods:

Use a Different Screen Saver

Configure your computer to use a screen saver that is not on the list of screen savers listed earlier in this article For information about how to do so, click Start, click Help, click the Index tab, type screen, double-click Screen Savers, and then double-click the "To set up a screen saver" topic

Reduce the Complexity of the 3D Screen Saver

If you want to try to continue using a screen saver that is on the list of screen savers listed earlier in this article, you can try reducing the complexity of the screen saver To do so, use the following steps:

Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Display

Click the Screen Saver tab, and then click Settings under Screen Saver Settings that may be changed to reduce the complexity of the screen saver vary with different screen savers, but may include the following:





Surface Style

Smooth Shading

Full Screen

Maze Overlay

Image Quality


Disable, or slow the speed of, one or more of these settings For example, if a setting has a slider that varies from Minimum to Maximum, try setting it to Minimum, or click to clear a setting's check box to totally disable it, or change a setting from High to Low After you alter a setting, click OK to apply the change

Test to determine if the issue is resolved If it is not, you may need to repeat steps 1-3, disabling more settings until the screen saver becomes usable Note that you may perform all of these steps, but the screen saver may remain unusable, and you may need to choose another


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Windows 98

Hope you find this information useful, Good luck!!

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on July 14, 1999