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Dell monitor dialog box says monitor is in the power save mode

\015 It says to activate using PC. I cannot get the monitor to come out of this power save mode. I have a black screen with ony a small dialog box stating that the monitor is in the power save mode - activate using PC\015

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Actually, it most likely is not the monitor which is in "power save mode", it is the computer itself.
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\015\012When you cannot get a computer out of "power save mode" by any other means, typically the cause is that the button-cell-type battery of your computer, which is located on the motherboard, is empty.
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\015\012Usually, this happens on a computer which is a few years old, since its batteries will have run out after such a long time. (The motherboard battery is used to store various settings when the computer power is off, such as date and time. When your computer detects this battery is empty, it goes into a low-power mode).
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\015\012The solution is to replace the button-cell battery on the motherboard of your computer:
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  • open the case of your computer;
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  • visually locate the motherboard (the main electronic circuit board) of your computer;
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  • visually scan the motherboard for a button-cell battery (it looks like a digital watch battery, but a bit larger);
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  • remove this motherboard battery from your computer;
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  • restart your computer: it should now power up normally (you may get some warning messages during the start-up sequence, but ignore them);
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  • set the date and time of your computer using the "Date and Time" control panel;
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  • you can now use your computer normally, but you will lose date and time settings when you disconnect the computer power cord, since there is no motherboard battery present to store them;
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  • take the motherboard battery to an electronics store and get a replacement;
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  • install the new battery in your computer;
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  • restart your computer, and set the date and time again; the settings will now be saved using motherboard battery power.
This error normally occurs when the monitor is not receiving a singanl from the tower. So 1st check the cable connection to the VGA port on the back of the tower and ensure that the cable is securely connected. While looking at the back of the tower, look at the diagnotic LEDs near the PS2 ports marked ABCD. They should all be green If they are not, then there is a problem with the tower and you need to post the indications on the LED (GGAA for example indicates a RAM failure)
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\015\012If you are using an LCD monitor, you may also need to check the input select button on the monitor if you accidently bump or press the button, then you could change in input selection to DVI and then get this error too.
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