Solved Digital Power Saving Mode problem

November 6, 2011 at 09:43:56
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a computer that is randomly deciding to switch to Digital Power saving Mode. I could be playing a game or perhaps watching a you tube video on something, it does not seem to matter what I am doing although I suspect its has something to do with display and graphics because it does seem to happen more often when doing things that requires more graphical activity. One side note is I have confirmed I have the latest graphical driver for my video card and this machine is 3 years old. Antec 1000w power supply and a evga 9600 sc GTX card. My computer is becoming unusable due to this issue and operates using windows vista 32 home addition.Please also note that once computer goes into this digital power save mode, no action will bring the computer out of this mode and I have to reset my computer and reboot. Suggestions or further questions to help me are welcome.

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November 6, 2011 at 14:26:27
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Is this computer connected to a UPS ?
If yes, did you install the software for it for monitoring the UPS in Windows ?

"Please also note that once computer goes into this digital power save mode, no action will bring the computer out of this mode and I have to reset my computer and reboot. "

When you install Windows from scratch, you MUST install the main chipset drivers for your mboard after Window's Setup has finished . The main chipset drivers have *.inf files that tell the operating system the capabilities of the main chipset and if Windows does not have that info you're likely to have problems.

If your mboard has USB 2.0 controllers the built in support for them and USB 2.0 devices is NOT automatically installed until AFTER the main chipset drivers have been installed.

Your drives will probably NOT be able to run at the speed thay are capable of in Windows, and the ACPI features of the mboard - Standby, Hibernate, sometimes Restart in Windows; Wake on ... in the bios regarding Windows - may NOT work properly, until AFTER you have installed the main chipset drivers.

"digital power save mode" is probably an ACPI feature.
(Unless you have a UPS, you have installed the monitoring software for it in Windows, it's a feature of that software, and a countdown timer has been enabled to switch it on in that software. )

A common symptom of you having NOT installed the main chipset drivers is you can't get the system to come out of a Standby or Hibernate or power saving mode of one kind or another once it has gone into it.

It's also possible that you un-intentionaly changed a default setting in the bios regarding that "digital power save mode" , in which case loading bios defaults in the bios Setup should get rid of the problem, but on the other hand when the operaing system has the proper ACPI info, it usually has no problem over-riding the bios from using any ACPI settings in the bios that would cause the computer to go into a Standby or Hibernate or power saving mode of any kind. The ones for Windows are all normally only triggered after xx minutes of user inactivity. They should NEVER come on when you're still actually doing something with the computer (other than just reading).

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November 7, 2011 at 05:55:42
Thank you Tubesandwires for your reply

I have re installed Vista in the recent past and have not updated anything from Asus for my motherboard and do not use a UPS so I will look into what you have posted about and see if I can sort this out.I will post a reply to let you know if what you suggested was what I needed to do to fix this issue. I was reading because of what you posted info on the net like the below post, I am a newb but learning...

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November 7, 2011 at 07:38:15
Thanks for the thank you.

"I have re installed Vista in the recent past .."

In that case installing the main chipset drivers will probably fix your problem.
If you have the CD that came with the mboard you can load them from that.

By the way, try to remember to remove the Asus mboard CD after you have used it. In at least some cases for recent (5 years old or less) Asus mboard CDs, when you leave that CD in a drive and then restart the computer, the CD will automatically load an Asus program intended for helping the user recover from a failed bios flash. You can easily exit that program, but it is confusing to see that program load.

If you don't have that Asus mboard CD orvyou do but have misplaced it, then go to the Asus web site and find the support for your mboard model.

If you read the the Asus mboard manual for your mboard model - it's on the Asus mboard CD or you usually get a printed manual with the new mboard which may oir may not have as much in it as the *.pdf manual does - it usually tells you in the latter part of the manual which drivers you should load from the CD (after you have installed Windows from scratch).. Or you can get the *.pdf manual at the Asus web site in the downloads for your model.

The link you referred to has some people suggesting or wondering whether they should flash their mboard with a newer bios version. Flashing the bios is the riskiest thing you can do with a mboard ! You can easily end up with a mboard that WILL NOT BOOT at all if something goes wrong. It makes NO SENSE AT ALL to flash the bios if the mboard EVER worked properly with the bios version it already had !
When someone has a problem like your, 99 % of the time it was caused by the user having NOT installed the main chuipset drivers after Windows Setup had finished.

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November 7, 2011 at 19:37:45
I have had a good search but am not able to locate my cd which came with the motherboard but did find the manual, (recently moved stuff in boxes) I did however locate the correct motherboard support on Asus driver support site. I have a
and have installed the Beta Version V6.10.01.6020 chipset.The CPU btw is an AMD 6000+ in any case I shall see if installing this chipset solves my issue and will reply to that effect in a couple days.

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November 7, 2011 at 20:02:18
Main chipset drivers, not chipset.
Beta = not thuroughly tested yet.
You should install the highest stable version - (NOT labelled Beta).
Stable drivers should be available on the NVidia web site.

Your mboard's main chipset:

NVidia Driver downloads

My newest computer, presently the only one I'm using, has an Asus M3A78 Pro ATX mboard with a 6000+ 64X2 CPU.

I'm dual booting XP MCE 2005 and Vista Home Premium via a third party program BootIt! N.G.
A friend has a system I built for him that has another mATX mboard in the same M3A78 family that has a 6400+ 64X2 CPU (3.2 ghz), which they stopped making long before they stopped making the 6000+, I suspect so people would buy more Phenoms rather than the 6400+ . They were the top of AMD's lineup at the time they first came out, and I'm still impressed.
They were both in boxed sets - the AMD supplied heat piped heat sink and fan set is excellent. The 6000+ never gets hotter than 50 C. Both are the 125 watt version. Later on a 6000+ version came out that uses less power.

The 6000+ (and the same 3 gb of ram) has been on three mboards so far.
The first (Asus) AM2 ATX one had a NVidia main chipset that required drivers I could not get to stop clashing with the drivers / software for an ATI AIW card.

The second Epox AM2 AMD main chipset mboard, one of the last models Epox made before it went bankrupt (it's ATX, has all of the legacy ports, an additional SATA/IDE controller / IDE header) , was damaged by a power failure event (damaged the PCI-E X16 circuits - works fine otherwise, I think).

"The board has 2 PCI Express x16 slots for Crossfire mode. The RD580 chipset can run the two cards in x16 mode each."

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November 8, 2011 at 09:27:48
I have downloaded the proper driver from nvidia as you instructed, will see if my issue has been corrected and report back.

Thank you

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