Subject pretty much descriabes my issue. I have a Dimension running Vista. Computer is awake but I have to hard reboot to get the monitor going. Pretty sure I've got latest drivers too.
Monitors don't need drivers. You probably need to check the video settings as well as the Power Settings in Control Panel. How sure are you that the computer is awake and not Hibernating or Sleeping? In Deep Sleep and Hibernation, you must press the power button (briefly or you'll turn it off) on the tower to wake it.
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Pretty sure its the monitor. Power settings are set to NOT shutoff CPU. I was playing music while the monitor was in sleep mode and couldnt get it turned on to access iTunes.
I mentioned drivers only because I did download the latest "driver" from the Dell site and installed. Before that, Vista recognized "generic" monitor. As I recall this used to just be an "instructional" text file so operating system knew Hz settings and name but at any rate I just wanted to post an accurate setup for folks to review.
I changed power setting to NOT turn off monitor either, just use screen saver and that works fine, but I would like to powersave if I could.
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Did you make any progress with hotkey? I have the same issue and it is very frusterating. Even unplugging the monitor and plugging it back in doesn't solve the issue sometimes. I'm connecting my XPS M1330 to the monitor with HDMI. Time seems to be a factor. I usually hit this issue when trying to wake the monitor up after being in the sleep mode overnight. I also have my computer connected to the USB hub on the monitor - not sure if that has anything to do with it.
You help is greatly appreciated!
I have the exact same problem. 2408WFP Won't wake up when expected, I must reboot the Dell Dimension E510 just to reacquire the monitor signal. I first noticed the problem when simply turning off the monitor by pushing its power button. Pushing the power button again with the expectation of getting the previous signal, no matter if it was the desktop, any application, or windows screen saver, only yields the message, "no signal - entering power save" or something very similar. I have installed the correct 2408 driver from the dell support site. Trying to change sources while the monitor is still powered on produced the same problem as well. I didn't think that the monitor communicated anything about its state (on, off, sleep, which display source, etc...) back to the display adapter via the DVI cable. However, this problem never occured with the previous Dell Dimension 8300 that this 2408WFP used to be used with, it was never a problem to simply power the monitor off, walk away for any amount of time, then come back and power it back on and always get the expected wake state of the monitor - if the monitor even has such a state, but that seems to be the case based on its behavior. Display Adapter is a Radeon X300 SE 128MB (yeah, its cheap), and this is the first problem I've encountered. Never had this problem with the previous monitor (a Dell 21" normal aspect ration 2203WFP or something). I had first checked ATI's support info, but no mention of this problem - resulting in the conclusion that it is either just the monitor, or the interaction of the monitor with the display. I simply don't know what factors are important to consider when trying to troubleshoot this problem. I've checked to make sure all drivers are up to date in the device manager. I've eliminated Windows as a concern by turning off all the Power ave features it uses through the control panel and also for options of the screen saver. I've even checked all of the options in the BIOS for peripherals just to be sure. There must be other factors which need to be considered, what are they?