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Driver Power State Failure

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May 6, 2015 12:04:09 PM

So I bought a Lenovo Thinkpad for college, it's a pretty great laptop so far, but I've been having issues a few issues.

1.) Randomly my connection to wireless will just drop, and when I troubleshoot, it simply says to reset the router. This doesn't work because I can't reset my school's router. Rebooting doesn't work either, I end up system restoring to a previous point and my connection all the sudden is perfect again. What is the cause and how can I fix this?

2.) Laptop will take a very long time powering down, and then will say Windows did not shut down properly last time. So I used BlueScreenView to check the dump files and they ALL say driver power state failure. It hasn't crashed for any other reason. As for the details on the dump files, all I have is the info that BlueScreenView shows which I can provide if needed.

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May 6, 2015 8:36:42 PM

generally a driver power state failure is caused because a device driver was told to go to a low power state, (sleep) then It was told to wake up and it did not respond.
When wireless ethernet drivers go to low power state they reduce the power to the antenna if the power never goes back to full the antenna will be able to pick up the signals from the router but will not have enough power to actually send out a signal to the router. The end effect is a one way connection from the router to your machine. IE. your machine sees the router but the router never sees your machine.

the only fix for this will be a updated driver for your wireless ethernet card. Also the power management functions may also require a BIOS update. So go to the lenovo website find your machine and update the LAN or wireless ethernet driver reboot and see if the problem is fixed. If it still has problems start windows control panel go to device manager, find the wireless device and turn off the power management functions (low power mode) or set the machine to high performance until you get a working driver or update BIOS fix. Or I guess, you could stand right next to the router (3 feet away should work)
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June 15, 2015 3:39:48 PM

This happens because of old or corrupted drivers. Updating the driver is most likely to solve the problem. Sometimes you may need to get rid of the corrupt driver using the safe boot option and do a fresh installation. Check this for details - http://www.pcappspot.com/fix-driver-power-state-failure...
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August 2, 2015 12:52:57 PM

Did you ever figure out a solution?
My laptop is doing the exact same thing!!!
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October 3, 2015 8:30:58 AM

just a temporary fix for me, the one that is causing the trouble is my graphics driver, by the way I am using a laptop, Asus k55vj model. What I did was I just tick all the hibernate and sleep options in the power options changing also the effect of pushing the power button/closing the lid turned them all to "do nothing". also in the shutdown settings, I disabled turn on fast start up and sleep. you can watch the guide here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiAbYY9U998. After all that, since the problem still persist, I removed the battery from the laptop and connected it to the outlet as a power source. Aaand it works now. you can try it for yourself. maybe a patch will fix this hopefully :/ 

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March 4, 2016 9:58:59 PM

Coconnell1396 said:
So I bought a Lenovo Thinkpad for college, it's a pretty great laptop so far, but I've been having issues a few issues.

1.) Randomly my connection to wireless will just drop, and when I troubleshoot, it simply says to reset the router. This doesn't work because I can't reset my school's router. Rebooting doesn't work either, I end up system restoring to a previous point and my connection all the sudden is perfect again. What is the cause and how can I fix this?


What I found on both Win 8.1 and 10, like you, simply restarting computer doesn't work in most cases. Resetting the router doesn't help either anyway.
Computer Management > Services and Applications > Services, or any other route to conjure up Services and *attempt* to Restart WLAN Autoconfig service. Most times this fails with a 'time out' error (only once did I see it work).
THEN restart the computer.
Works for me.
Oh, btw.. That's if wifi status is like 'connection available - not connected'.
hth
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