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laptop can not set to standby when closing lid?

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Jun 15, 2001
I have a dell inspiron 5150 and I decided to reformat my hard drive to erase all the random stuff cluttered on it. After I installed all the drivers and stuff I tried to set the computer to standby everytime I close the lid but there is no option there anymore.. all it has is "do nothing" =( does anyone have a clue whats going on?

ps. I flashed the bios and looked for an ACPI option already


Inactive Moderator
Dec 17, 2000
Portland, OR
The software to control what happens when the laptop screen is closed is normally provided by the laptop manufacturer. In the case of the Dell Inspiron 5150, I believe you need to use the Dell QuickSet application. The Dell QuickSet application provides access to configuration settings for power management schemes and battery resource information...among other things. You can d/l the latest version 1.7.0, A11 for XP and W2K from Dell here...

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May 26, 2003
Somewhere I belong
as redduc900 their must be a seperate software to conttol the power management provided by the notebook vendor. Normally it'll control the machine's battery level messages and warning and also hibernation or the standdby options. So go through their web site and download the drivers or software related to the power settings. This should fix your problem.


Software Jedi
Jul 2, 2004
South of Boston
Also, I have noticed that Dell and other OE's like to use a fat partition on the HDD. Often it has some diagnostic capabilities. There might be something there.


Jan 17, 2002
Atlanta, GA
I had this exact problem, and it wasn't any ACPI settings or anything of the like. The problem I had was Nero 5.5 needed to be updated. Once I ran the update patch for nero the stand-by on my I8500 was back to normal.

thought i might throw this into the mix in case you used nero.