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Windows 7: Alienware x51 won't wake up after Clean Reinstall

18 Oct 2013   #1
Hicoga

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Alienware x51 won't wake up after Clean Reinstall

Did a Clean Reinstall with good performance, but when I choose Sleep all lights go off except large LED on side and Power Button, then won't wake-up without hard Shutdown when powering back up Resumes as if in Hibernate Mode.

To try to resolve this I reinstalled the Alienware Command Center and set AlienFusion (Power) settings to Default but the same behavior continues even with Sleep set to default 0 on High Performance. Hibernate has never showed up on ShutDown button choices so I don't know why it's Resuming after hard Shutdown but that's all it's done.

Have tried all drivers from Windows Update to latest Nvidia to Latest Dell download for Nvidia Geforce GT545. Also disabled Intel onboard graphics in Device Manager.

I left the Recovery partition on the HD so can possibly run it by restoring F8 link or booting it using EasyBCD but would rather stick with the Clean Reinstall if we can make it Sleep and Hibernate correctly. Any help is greatly appreciated.


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18 Oct 2013   #2
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

After a clean install, which you would rather do, you will have to set all the power settings again. What exactly are you asking? Turn off hibernation and see if that helps
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20 Oct 2013   #3
gregrocker

 

I've been helping him via Skype and the same problem remains today after running Factory Recovery.

If he chooses Sleep or Hibernate the keyboard, mouse and screen suspend but the case lighting stays on. It won't wake up without doing a hard shut down, then when it powers up it says Resuming Windows like it's coming out of Hibernation.

Doing a Shutdown also leaves the case lights on, requiring a hard shutdown to turn them off. But then it starts normally from power on.

There was a BIOS update from v.6 to v.12 done before the reinstall so he'd like advice on reverting it since it worked correctly before. Research shows other x51's with this issue requiring resetting the CMOS and replacing the mobo.
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20 Oct 2013   #4
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Hicoga, I'm not sure how much assistance I can be as I'm not familar with what kind of options you have in BIOS. Dell usually locks the BIOS down pretty well, but I understand the Area 51's sometimes give you more options. I am more familar with commercial motherboards. But, hibernation and sleep issues have been a problem with many with the 1155 chipset. Do you have the option in BIOS to take pictures of the bios page? I've built 7 or 8 1155 computers and all of them had an option to put a flash drive in and hit F12 and it will put a photo of exactly what you are looking at. This is with the P67, z68 and Z77 chipsets. I'm sure you have one of those chipsets. Some of the BIOS options are hidden inside other menus you have to expand to see them, but most have an option of how to wake from sleep. You may also see if you have CPU power options of C1E, C3, C6 and Package C state. Those are power saving options that affect sleep and hibernation. If you have them, enable them. If you have advanced system options each heading will have an expanded menu. Usually in one of the menus is an option of wake from sleep and allows you to turn on or off keyboard or mouse. I even have one board where if the computer is off you can click the mouse button and it will start. As far as the bios version. I don't know how Dell is doing it, but on all my boards you can flash the bios forward or backward, it does not matter. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I will be happy to answer anything I can. Also, if you have the option to use the F12 to take photos of your BIOS, it may help to figure this out. Also, if you have a section in bios to allow you to overclock or set voltages, there is one particular setting which will disable wake from sleep, but I doubt you will have that setting. Again, feel free to ask if you have any questions at all. I don't mind explaining anything I know.

EDIT: Also, you may want to read this article which explains better the sleep options. The older bios versions use S1 ,S3 tct. All of my 1155 boards call it C1, C3 and C6.(http://www.pcworld.com/article/22583...leep_Mode.html)
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20 Oct 2013   #5
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Well by digging up your particular issue the only fix is to disable sleep mode supposedly this has been a issue since 2008 Alienware has issue waking from sleep/hibernation


View topic - "Wake-From-Sleep" Problem With Alienware Area-51 m - Maximum PC Forums


Alienware M17x Stuck in Sleep Mode - Laptop General Hardware Forum - Laptop - Dell Community

Alien Aurora will not come out of sleep mode. - Fixya
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20 Oct 2013   #6
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

And another one hmmm, My aurora would not wake-up from sleep mode. What should I do???? - Alienware Forum - Alienware Club - Dell Community which has a fix which may help you.

Just one more suggestion that may help. Click the start button, in the search box type cmd, when the cmd appears right click it and select run as administrator. In the box that appears type/copy paste this powercfg -h on then hit enter. It will apppear to do nothing. Just type exit and press enter to get rid of the command prompt. Unfortunately, you won't know if it works until you try to wake it up again.
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20 Oct 2013   #7
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Solarstarshines View Post
Well by digging up your particular issue the only fix is to disable sleep mode supposedly this has been a issue since 2008 Alienware has issue waking from sleep/hibernation


View topic - "Wake-From-Sleep" Problem With Alienware Area-51 m - Maximum PC Forums


Alienware M17x Stuck in Sleep Mode - Laptop General Hardware Forum - Laptop - Dell Community

Alien Aurora will not come out of sleep mode. - Fixya
If you do want to disable hibernation use the same procedure I told you about before with the command prompt (elevated command prompt is what it's called) except type powercfg -h off and press enter. That will disable hibernate. Sleep can be disabled by clicking the start button, type sleep in the search box and select change when the computer sleeps. You can set the time the monitor goes off and the hard drive goes off, just scroll down in the hard drive section until you get to never. That's how I have mine set, monitor 1 hour and hard drive never.
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20 Oct 2013   #8
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Hicoga, please let us know how you get along with these suggestions you are getting.
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21 Oct 2013   #9
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Also, upload your MSINFO32.nfo file.
  1. Click on the start button
  2. Type "msinfo32" (without quotes) in the search bar of the start menu, click the resulting link. It will open the System Information window.
  3. File>Save. In the "File Name" filed, put "MSINFO32" (without Quote), give the save location to desktop, and click the "save" button.
  4. Give the time for processing, it will save a .nfo file on your desktop.
  5. Zip it, and upload it following the instruction.
It will help us to know what is going on there, though only a partial idea, but a good idea as a starting point.
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21 Oct 2013   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

One more thing to try as a last resort is revert to your previous BIOS version A06 and install it as you did the update to A12. This is not a normal recommendation and has a risk of making the board unusable.
Here's the file's page: http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/DriverDetails?driverId=R50C9&fileId=2860813479
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