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Power Plans not working on reinstall

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1

    Power Plans not working on reinstall


    Hello everyone,

    I hope you can help me.

    I have recently done a fresh install of Windows 8.1 on a family member's laptop due to the amount of bloat ware etc.

    Everything has gone swimmingly and all the correct drivers etc are installed/up to date.

    There's one big problem though. Whenever I change the power plan it just remains the same. I.e if I have the power setting to 'High Performance' and I change it to 'Power Saving' nothing happens.
    The brightness doesn't even decrease.

    The laptop is a Lenovo Ideapad Z580.

    Many thanks and any help is appreciated in advance.

    Liam

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  2. #2


    LIVERPOOL, UK
    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    Hi,
    I had a similar problem like yours on a Samsung laptop. I eventually found out that the Samsung Settings control panel had a fan setting called 'Silent Mode' which was overriding the Windows power plan settings, and guess what, they never told you, how good is that, what a dynamite piece of programming - hats off to Samsung!

    It caused all sorts of problems with other applications as well, such as audio drop-outs when using my USB audio interface, once I turned it off everything was hunky-dory.

    Hope it helps.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by soulrebelno1 View Post
    Hi,
    I had a similar problem like yours on a Samsung laptop. I eventually found out that the Samsung Settings control panel had a fan setting called 'Silent Mode' which was overriding the Windows power plan settings, and guess what, they never told you, how good is that, what a dynamite piece of programming - hats off to Samsung!

    It caused all sorts of problems with other applications as well, such as audio drop-outs when using my USB audio interface, once I turned it off everything was hunky-dory.

    Hope it helps.
    Thanks for your help,

    I will try this when I get home and will let you know how I get on.
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  4. #4


    LIVERPOOL, UK
    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    Hope it works, it took me days to find the problem on my machine, I just didn't expect the Samsung Setting to alter the Windows power settings and had forgotten about them.

    Cheers.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    I'm hoping this is the problem but I don't understand why this didn't occur when I initially set up the laptop.

    Fingers crossed this is the root of the cause; I don't want to have to contact Lenovo who frankly don't seem that great with the support they offer.

    Thanks again mate.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by soulrebelno1 View Post
    Hope it works, it took me days to find the problem on my machine, I just didn't expect the Samsung Setting to alter the Windows power settings and had forgotten about them.

    Cheers.
    Unfortunately nothing has changed.
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  7. #7


    LIVERPOOL, UK
    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    Quote Originally Posted by lmcgold View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by soulrebelno1 View Post
    Hope it works, it took me days to find the problem on my machine, I just didn't expect the Samsung Setting to alter the Windows power settings and had forgotten about them.

    Cheers.
    Unfortunately nothing has changed.

    Hi lmcgold,

    Have you checked that you have system administrator permissions?

    You need to be logged-in as a system administrator to change a power plan, if you're logged in as a guest then you do not have the right permissions.

    Regards.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    It's only one user account which has Admin privileges.

    I believe I may have fixed it by changing the driver to the Microsoft basic driver from the Intel graphics (latest) driver.

    I did this as I noticed the brightness controls (Fn keys) weren't working for the brightness.

    Odd.
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  9. #9


    LIVERPOOL, UK
    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    Quote Originally Posted by lmcgold View Post
    It's only one user account which has Admin privileges.

    I believe I may have fixed it by changing the driver to the Microsoft basic driver from the Intel graphics (latest) driver.

    I did this as I noticed the brightness controls (Fn keys) weren't working for the brightness.

    Odd.

    A bit of a strange one that, I hope you've fixed it.

    I wonder if the Intel driver has corrupted a system file some how?

    Just a thought, have you tried to create a plan yourself, then tried to alter it or delete it? Maybe try it with the Microsoft driver and then with the Intel driver installed and see what happens.

    Also, if I remember correctly, Windows will not allow you to delete the 'Power saver', 'Balanced' and 'High performance' plans, they are there by default.

    Might be a good idea to uninstalled the Intel driver and then reinstall it, just to see if that helps as well.

    Cheers.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks mate, really appreciating your input.

    I have tried all as suggested already and it didn't make a difference. I have also noticed the status notification lights on the front edge of the laptop for power etc. are not as bright as they once were. I spoke to Lenovo about this and the support rep wasn't very helpful.
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