How to get my Inspiron 531 out of power save mode?

July 17, 2014 at 09:25:47
Specs: Windows XP

A few days ago my Dell Inspiron 531's screen got jumbled, and the whole computer shut down. When I tried to turn it back on, it was stuck in power save mode. The hard drive's power button is an amber color and won't turn blue.

I've tried plugging/unplugging stuff, but it won't come out of power save mode. The only time the Dell logo shows up is when I plug/unplug the monitor.

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July 17, 2014 at 10:23:40
The screen getting jumbled moments before it shut down suggest something more serious than stuck in power saving mode. More like failed video hardware. The only way to check is to temporary install a video card and see if that works.

You could try running the Dell diagnostics and see what that comes up with.

Hard drive do not have power buttons or lights unless it is an external hard disk and then it might have an activity light. Computers have buttons and lights and the big thing sat on your desk with all the wires plugged into it is a computer. The hard drive is just one of many components that are inside the computer case.


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July 17, 2014 at 12:36:40
An orange power light on Dell systems indicates a failed power supply.

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July 17, 2014 at 12:47:39
An Orange power light on a Dell indicates that the is getting standby power only. That may or may not be due to a failed power supply. It can also indicate failed hardware or that the computer is simply in sleep mode. My Dell does it all the time.


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July 17, 2014 at 13:53:22
Thank you for replying.

Would I have to go out and buy a specific video card? I've never installed one in a computer before, so I'm not very knowledgeable about them.

Ah right, sorry. I always get confused about that every now and then.

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