power options windows xp not working

February 10, 2013 at 10:29:38
Specs: Windows XP pro SP3, Intel1.86 Mhz/2Gb
when clicking on Power options in Control panel twice , it blinks but nothing happens.Monitor on my laptop goes black barely after 20 sec of no traffic but I can't set anything in Power options because I can't open it.Help plz but I'm not any PC literate so describe it in plain English.Tnks.

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February 10, 2013 at 10:56:02
Boot into your BIOS (setup) and see if ACPI is enabled or disabled. See the link below for information on ACPI.


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February 10, 2013 at 16:09:32
Thanks for the reply.And how exactly should I get into BIOS? I tried some F keys at the beginning of computer boot,but I didn't see any ACPI only ASF(whatever that is)

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February 10, 2013 at 17:49:43
Can't say without the model of your computer.

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February 10, 2013 at 18:49:42
Here is what shows in the POWER section of the bios, your bios version may differ.

Once enabled as per post #1, right click your Desktop, select Properties, click the Screen Saver tab, click the Power button, select the APM tab (if it's available) & enable.

Here is is listing of some of the key combinations used to enter the BIOS setup on startup. ( Or, look at the bottom of your screen during boot & read the info on setup access. Press the pause key to stop the boot. Hit the space bar to continue )
You must do this during the first few seconds after you turn on power. If you see the Windows startup, it's too late. On boot up, hit the Pause button. Down the bottom of the screen is the info on what key to press to enter Setup. Press the Space bar to move off Pause.
# Compaq Presario - Press <Alt> <Ctrl> <Esc> at boot when you see the "Compaq" log in big letters
Award Bios=Ctrl-Alt-Esc
Phoenix Bios=Ctrl-Alt-S
Phoenix Bios=Ctrl-Alt-Ins
AMI Bios and Award Bios and others=Del (most common)

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February 11, 2013 at 04:59:28
Re #2

Just for general info, if you watch the screen on any computer during bootup it usually tells you what key is needed to get into Setup (which is BIOS).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 11, 2013 at 08:20:50
Acer travelmate 5320-2337,CPU Intel 1.86Mhz/2Gb Ram

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February 12, 2013 at 16:32:36
The setting can be accessed by command line, but it would be good to find why the power applet doesn't open.

Open a command window: Start / Run and enter CMD, or Winkey - r and enter CMD, or find "open a command window" in the Accessories menu item

In the window enter powercfg.cpl. If there is an error message select it then right-click on it to Copy it, and paste it here.

If it's a corrupted .cpl, probably the next step is to run sfc /scannow from that command window. It will take some time to complete. Or just import a new .cpl from another xp install, in Safe Mode.

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