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Many modern laptops have a power save mode feature. In this mode, the computer will enter a very low-powered state, and it is usually called ‘Hibernate’ or ‘Hybrid’ mode depending on the operating system you are using.
However, there are a few reasons this might happen, and it’s important to understand if your computer is going into this mode because of some kind of problem.
Our article will discuss in detail some of the potential causes here, and what you might be able to do to get out of power saver mode if you are stuck.
There could be multiple reasons your laptop suddenly tells you it is entering power saver mode. Let’s discuss one of the most likely—and least problematic—scenarios first: the low battery.
Many laptops are set to go into a power saver mode if the battery drops below a certain percentage. When this happens, the machine will shut down some functions or features that tend to draw battery life in order to help conserve the power for as long as possible.
In such cases, try to plug your laptop in before it runs out of charge completely. Alternatively, you can at least save your work beforehand in case the device has to shut down completely.
It is also worth noting that a computer will enter a similar low power mode called ‘Sleep’ just by having no activity for some time. If you step away from your laptop for a few hours but leave it on, you’ll most likely find that you need to wake it up again when you return. The good news here is that all of your programs should still be open as you left them.
Last, while a low battery is one of the common causes of going into power saver mode, there could be other problems if your computer is plugged in but still putting itself in power saver mode, regardless.
Your computer should be able to maintain a full charge while it is plugged into a power source. If it cannot, it could show a different problem with the battery or the laptop itself. We’ll discuss some of these possible scenarios as well.
We’ve discussed one of the main reasons your laptop might go into power saver mode, but there are other things you should know.
If you’ve been working on your computer for an extended period of time away from a power source, the laptop is probably going into power saver mode to help you out. It will conserve energy, limit notifications, and eliminate some background processes.
Most times, you will also notice that the overall brightness of your screen decreases somewhat. The usual fix for all of this is to plug your laptop in and let it recharge the battery.
However, what if you’re dealing with other problems that aren’t related to a low battery? Let’s discuss some of the possible reasons why your laptop is entering power saver mode.
Are you seeing a message about power saver mode as soon as you try to turn on your laptop? If so, this is because your computer is not booting, and it is actually your monitor that is showing you the power saver mode message.
Here, your computer does have power, but it has failed to boot properly. There could be several reasons for this, and each one might require a different solution. Some of the potential causes here include:
- Bad random-access memory. Here, replacing the RAM cards may help.
- A failing power supply. Make an inspection of your laptop’s power cables to check for faults or issues.
- Video card issues. Reseating or replacing the video card may help.
- A configuration problem at the boot sequence. Resetting your CMOS may fix the issue.
- A bad motherboard. Here, you would need to replace the board entirely.
These are just a few of the common causes of an immediate power saver mode if your computer seems to have power but still cannot boot.
Some other solutions listed might be a bit more complex than this, but many issues listed here can solve the problems you might have with power saver mode and keep you from having to scrap the laptop entirely.
Power saver mode doesn’t necessarily mean the laptop is bad, it is just experiencing a problem where it is not getting the energy it needs or is unable to utilize that energy efficiently.
There are a couple of possible answers to this question based on when and how your laptop is entering power saver mode. Let’s cover both in some detail.
We won’t rehash it, but this is because your laptop is low on energy and not connected to a source. There are a few things you can do. Assuming nothing is wrong with the laptop and you just want to stop it from entering this mode, you can turn off power saver mode. We will cover the steps on how to do this in detail in another section below.
As we touched on before, the computer enters power saver mode for your benefit and to prolong the life of your battery before it needs a new charge.
If you really want to disable power saver mode, we recommend that you save your work regularly, make backups, or otherwise safeguard your data in case the computer has too little power to stay on. Depending on the kinds of applications you are running, this can happen surprisingly quickly, so it is a good idea to be careful.
This means that it has entered power saver mode when the battery is still charged sufficiently. It could also enter power saver mode at startup, something we talked about earlier.
In either of these cases, it points to a potential issue you’ll need to address. Some of the most common ones are those we went over above.
It is a good idea to go through those and reach out for help if none of them seem to work. Some solutions, such as replacing the motherboard, could be delicate and labor-intensive, so it is best to start with the simpler solutions first.
Secondly, your computer could just be set to enter power saver mode far too early. You can check the settings on your computer’s battery app to see if the power saver threshold is set at a bad level. Most laptops are set to enter power saver mode only when the battery reaches 20 percent and is not charging. Check to make sure yours is not set too high.
Yes, power saver mode is mostly good for a laptop. It’s a feature, not a bug, and it is designed to conserve energy in situations where you just can’t shut down the machine and need it to keep working.
Depending on the applications you are running, you may not even notice much of a loss in performance or functionality. The system is designed to limit background processes you probably aren’t working with first.
Power saver mode might be an issue if your computer fails to boot, but even here, it is pointing to a potential issue rather than being a problem itself. You can think of power saver mode as a guard against worse problems or loss of important data.
Even though power saver mode is beneficial to you, there could be times where you want to turn it off or stop your computer from entering it. The steps you can follow to do this should be mostly similar between different versions of operating systems.
1. You can go to the ‘Start’ menu on Windows and search for ‘power settings’. This will bring up the appropriate menu that you can click on. It will be called ‘power and sleep settings’ or something quite similar.
2. You can monitor or change when the computer goes to sleep or shuts off here. This isn’t quite power saver territory yet, but you can change how long it takes for the monitor to shut off because of inactivity. You can also change how long the computer is supposed to wait before it goes to sleep due to the same.
3. From the menu on the left, you can click on the ‘Battery’ category. Here is where you can alter power saver settings.
4. You can choose to turn off power saver mode entirely by clicking the relevant option. Now, your computer won’t enter this mode even on a low battery.
5. If you need to disable power saver mode, we once again recommend getting used to saving your data manually at regular points. Power saver mode is often an indication of your computer needing to charge. Without this warning, you may lose too much power to keep the device on before you know it.
Power saver mode is a great feature that can keep your laptop running just a little longer when you’re on important business but away from any dedicated power sources. Sometimes, it is also a state your laptop could enter when it needs to tell you there is a problem. Either way, it is a helpful tool for conserving battery life or figuring out what is wrong.