Monitor Keeps Entering Power Save Mode? Try This 6 Fixes

monitor power-saving

Your monitor has a power-saving option that saves electricity while the computer is inactive for an extended period of time. When this occurs, you will typically see the message “No signal, Entering Power save mode.” However, if the monitor is continually in this mode, it might be extremely inconvenient for the users.

This happens most often when the sleep timer is set to a shorter period of time. In such instances, keyboard and mouse inputs will wake up the monitor. Several causes may have contributed to this problem if the monitor enters power saver mode on startup.

In this article, we will go through it in further detail and offer solutions.

Why Does That Happen?

The monitor keeps entering the power save mode if the system registers no activity over a prolonged time period. Some other reasons for it are;

  • The cables are connected to the wrong port or are damaged
  • Monitor incompatible with the configured display resolution
  • Issue with RAM or the CMOS battery
  • Overheating of Video Card
  • Faulty GPU

How to fix monitor – it keeps entering power save mode?

This problem with the monitor entering power mode must be resolved by addressing the underlying cause. As previously said, there are several causes for this problem. As a result, the solutions differ. Some involve resetting the display settings, while others require hardware management.

Let us now deal with them one at a time.

Troubleshooting Fundamentals

If you wish to troubleshoot your display device, start by inspecting the display wires. Check that they are properly plugged in. Check that they are also linked to the correct port. You may occasionally link it to a different port.

Other simple troubleshooting solutions include:

  • Restarting the computer
  • Utilizing various cables
  • The monitor’s power is cycled (turned on and off).

Check to see if the problem has been resolved after installing these changes. Else, move on to the fixes below.

Modify the Display Sleep Options

If the display frequently enters power mode, it could be due to the Windows Power settings. This is more likely if the sleep and display settings are set to a short period of time. When the system detects inactivity, it automatically goes to sleep for a short period of time.

Control Panel Utilization

Follow these steps to get more sleep:

  • Hit the Windows key + R at the same time. Then, press enter after typing Control panel.
  • Search for and select Power Options from the control panel window.
  • Choose Modify when the machine sleeps on the left panel of the power options.
  • Change the display and the computer’s sleep timer. For the greatest results, reduce it to 5-10 minutes. Lastly, press the Save changes button.

Making Use of Command Prompt

Command Prompt

You can also change these parameters via the command prompt.

Here are the steps you can take:

  • Choose the Search option.
  • Enter cmd after typing it.
  • Enter the following command after typing it.
    minutes> powercfg -change -standby-timeout-ac
    Execute the command after entering the desired time values in the minute box. Use the format indicated in the preceding screenshot.
  • The time can even be set in seconds. Replace the seconds field with the numbers given in the screenshot when using this command.
    238C9FA8-0AAD-41ED-83F4-97BE242C8F20 29f6c1db-86da-48c5-9fdb-f2b67b1f44da powercfg /SETACVALUEINDEX SCHEME CURRENT <seconds>

Make use of the Windows Troubleshooter

The Windows troubleshooter is a fantastic feature for resolving ordinary computer issues. You can use it to resolve display difficulties as well. If the monitor’s problem is related to power management, take the following steps:

  • To access settings, use the Windows key + I.
  • Go to System
  • Go to Troubleshoot > Additional Troubleshooters.
  • To begin troubleshooting, look for the Power section and click the Run button.

Modify the Screen Resolution

It’s possible that the monitor won’t be able to handle the resolution you’ve chosen. Change or reduce the resolution of your monitor to see if that addresses the problem.

Here’s how to go about it:

  • Go to Display settings by right-clicking on the desktop.
  • Change the Resolution by searching for it. Check to see if lowering it causes the monitor to enter power-saving mode.

Change the GPU

Change the GPU

The issue could potentially be caused by a malfunctioning GPU. If possible, try switching to integrated graphics or a different GPU to see if that addresses the problem.

Follow these steps to accomplish this:

  • Right-click on the desktop and select the graphic card control panel.
  • Click 3D settings > Manage 3D settings on the right panel.
  • Choose Integrated Graphics from the Preferred Graphics processor selection and click Apply to Save Changes.
  • Finally, restart the computer to see if the problem persists.

Examine the Memory sticks and the CMOS battery.

If the monitor enters power saving mode upon startup, the problem is almost probably with the RAM sticks or the CMOS battery. Numerous people who had identical monitor problems claimed that removing and reconnecting the Memory sticks fixed the problem.

Here’s how to take out and replace the Memory module.

  • Turn off the computer and disconnect all of its peripherals.
  • Remove the case panel by unscrewing it.
  • Once the motherboard has been uncovered, remove the RAM modules by firmly pressing the tabs on the side of the DIMM slots.
  • Use a dry cotton swab to clean the modules. cleaning-ram
  • After cleaning, replace the RAM sticks in the slots by gently pressing either side of the sticks.

Similarly, you can also replace the CMOS battery if you have not changed it for a long time. However, note that removing the CMOS battery resets the BIOS setting to its default state.


How Can I Get My Display to Quit Blinking/Flickering?

The most typical causes of a flickering monitor are poorly installed cables, extremely high (unsupported) refresh rates, or your GPU acting up.

Check your connections, disable G-Sync/FreeSync, reduce the refresh rate of your display, and install new GPU drivers.

How Can I Go to the On-Screen Display (OSD) Settings on My Monitor?

Most displays feature a number of buttons near the power button. Simply press any of them to bring up a Shortcut Menu.

There, you’ll be able to adjust a slew of varied (though crucial) options.

As a general rule, the button closest to the power button on the display allows you to access OSD options such as Super Sharpness, Overdrive, Blue Light, and so on.

What if none of the solutions work?

If you’ve tried all the possible solutions and your monitor still keeps entering power save mode, it’s possible that the issue is with the monitor itself. In this case, you may need to take it to a professional technician for repair or replacement.

Is there anything I can do to avoid having this problem in the future?

Sure, there are certain steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of your monitor entering power conservation mode unexpectedly. You can, for example, configure your computer to never enter sleep or hibernation mode, or you can disable the screen saver. You should also check that the monitor cable is firmly attached and not damaged.


To summarize, your monitor entering power save mode could be the result of its settings, a defective power strip or socket, or an out-of-date video input. Many users are capable of resolving this issue by modifying the Control Panel and/or changing the monitor’s configuration.

If the problem is more significant (for example, a broken power strip or an old visual driver), you must take additional steps, such as replacing the hardware or updating the software.

Most importantly, ensure that all gadgets are used correctly and safely.

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