Can't add power plans

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  1. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
       #1

    Can't add power plans


    Hi everyone,

    My new-ish Dell G5 15 5590 i7-9750H laptop (OS build 19042.572) has been a bit of a pain for me in several minor areas, one of them being power plans.

    I want to add the High Performance power plan, but I can't do it...I've tried following instructions to add it using a CMD prompt instruction, and also importing a power plan file; in both cases it seems to have been successful, but when I look in the power options (both before and after rebooting), it still only shows Balanced.

    I've tried doing a clean install of Windows in case it helps with this and other issues, but it's made no difference.

    I noticed one user with this issue said that disabling Modern Standby allowed them to then add power plans, but I've trawled through forums and can only find one method people give for that (ignoring past solutions from previous years which no longer work), and this one method sounds risky:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Dell/commen...abling_modern/

    Does anyone have any other suggestions?

    Many thanks in advance,

    Ashley
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  2. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 8,639
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H1 Build 19043.1110
       #2

    Ashley,

    1 What commands did you run & which of them were done in Admin command windows?
    2 What response do you get to the command PowerCfg /l [any command window will do for this one]

    See
    Restore Missing Default Power Plans - TenForumsTutorials
    Create a Custom Power Plan - TenForumsTutorials
    Add or Remove Ultimate Performance Power Plan - TenForumsTutorials

    Denis
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  3. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hi Denis, nice to have your help again!

    1) I followed the instructions in this tutorial:
    Restore Missing Default Power Plans in Windows 10

    So I ran CMD as an admin, and used this command:
    powercfg -duplicatescheme 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c

    I also downloaded the power plan file in the above tutorial and followed the instructions to import the high performance plan.


    2) I get this response:
    Existing Power Schemes (* Active)
    -----------------------------------
    Power Scheme GUID: 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e (Balanced) *

    Thanks,

    Ashley
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  4. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H1 Build 19043.1110
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    Ashley,

    I was still typing as you posted. I have to go now but I'll be back in a couple of hours.

    I agree that you should give that Reddit procedure a wide berth.

    Denis
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  5. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H1 Build 19043.1110
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    AshleyJT said:
    1) I followed the instructions in this tutorial:
    Restore Missing Default Power Plans in Windows 10
    Read the posts in that thread between Brink and supersmilers especially post #14 about disabling connected standby while the power plan is added [then re-enabling it afterwards]
    Enable or Disable Network Connectivity in Modern Standby - TenForumsTutorials

    Denis
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  6. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Thanks Denis.

    The problem is that I can't disable connected standby...I'm not sure if connected standby is the same as modern standby, but I've tried following the tutorial you've posted ("Enable or disable network connectivity in modern standby"), with no success...
    Method 1 (using settings) doesn't give me an option to disconnect from the network on sleep.
    Method 2 (using the advanced power options) doesn't work because there's no option there (I only have 4 advanced power options for the balanced plan, and the method given within method 2 to add the option using cmd prompt doesn't add it).
    Method 3 (using command prompt) doesn't seem to have led to a change...both before and after restarting, I still can't add the high performance power plan.

    Sorry, hope that makes sense!
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  7. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 8,639
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H1 Build 19043.1110
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    Ashley,

    Your reference to Modern standby made me think your computer had that. But does it? Does your computer use S0 [Modern standby]? Run this command to find out
    Code:
    powercfg -a

    Connected standby is a feature of computers that support S0 [Modern standby]. It would not make any sense to a computer that did not use S0.

    Denis
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  8. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Here's my screenshot - I think that means I do have it.

    Can't add power plans-modern-standby-screenshot.png
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  9. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H1 Build 19043.1110
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    Ashley,

    Understood.

    I also have the curse of S0 on one of my computers.

    I changed it to use Network connected using the tutorial that I recommended to you. In my case this was not directly about power plans, it was just that I wanted to be able to communicate with it across my network when it was in standby [i.e. when the screen was off].
    Can't add power plans-20200612-150248-powercfg-shows-connected-standby.png

    I only asked about S0 and then Connected standby because of what I read in that tutorial. According to the tutorial all you can do is add a Custom power plan [i.e. the tutorial author does not agree with that post #14 by superwhatever that I mentioned earlier].

    There's no real difference to the user whether you are using the default High performance plan or a custom plan with those properties.
    Create a Custom Power Plan - TenForumsTutorials

    What are you actually trying to achieve anyway?
    - All I ever change is how long the screen stays on for and, for my S3 laptops, if/how long it waits before going to sleep.

    Denis
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  10. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Ha - what I'm trying to achieve takes a bit of explaining. There have been several minor issues with my laptop since I bought it recently:

    - The touchpad intermittently stops working for several seconds (external mouse isn't affected) - seems to happen mainly on startup or wake-up from hibernating, though I'm not sure.
    - There are intermittent glitches when playing audio, usually for about half a second, for no apparent reason (I'm rarely doing anything resource-heavy).
    - While investigating the above issue, I've been using LatencyMon, which always tells me the system is struggling with real-time audio...this is bad news given that I need to use the laptop soon to do recording and sound editing. (The driver it usually tells me is most at fault is ACPI.sys, though it might not be the only one.)
    - As I mentioned in my other recent thread, there's a popping sound in external speakers before and after playing audio, due to aggressive power management shutting the audio system down quickly when not used (you kindly helped me set up a recurring registry change for this, based on the registry key I thought would fix it, but unfortunately the popping's still happening).

    What I've tried so far:
    - Updating all drivers, first through Windows Update, then through Dell's SupportAssist, and finally through DriverEasy and DriverReviver.
    - Disabling various "enhancements" in the BIOS, to see if any of them were the culprits.
    - Various forum suggestions, which I'm afraid I can't remember all of as it's been a bit of a saga!
    - Finally, a fresh install of Windows this morning, particularly in case any of Dell's bloatware was at fault. I've not had chance to test the glitches yet, but all the other issues are still there.

    I'm trying to get the High Performance power plan as part of my attempts to see if power settings/restrictions are causing any of the issues, as one or two forum solutions seemed to indicate from memory.
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