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Dell XPS not sleeping

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    Dell XPS not sleeping


    When my XPS 8500 sleeps only the screen dims but I can still hear the hard drive spinning. I set it to sleep in the power options area for 5 minutes but only the monitor shuts off. If I click on sleep in the settings area it spins all the way down.

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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    A number of issues are related to fast startup--especially if running UEFI. Try turning fast startup off: Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 8. If this approach does not work, then you are back to trying to solve your problem with the power settings.
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    Windows 8


    I tried turning the hybrid sleep off and that did nothing. The little white LED on the upper right corner (face) keeps blinking every 3 seconds and the HDD keeps spinning. The only way I can get it to completely sleep is to click on sleep in the settings menu at the lower right of the screen.
    Last edited by XPS; 24 Feb 2013 at 00:38.
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Doesn't sound good. Minor point: did you restart after making your change?
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