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I had to restore my Dell 1501 with my XP restore disc made with the laptop but I lost my standby button and want to get it back.

It used to go into standby but now when I close the lid it stays on unless I push the power button.

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You are most likely missing the Dell QuickSet driver/application from your laptop. Install it, and everything should work as it used to.

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Thanks I have downloaded it but it will let me set it to go into standby but still stays on when the lid is down. – Steve Jan 24 '13 at 21:30
Very strange ;) – Steve Jan 24 '13 at 21:30

Go into the Control Panel and bring up the Power Options (or right click on the desktop, go to Properties, click the screen saver tab and then the Power button).
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Click the Advanced Tab. Change what your computer does when you close the lid. enter image description here

Hit Apply, then Ok. You should be good to go.

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Sorry I have tried that and when I open the advanced it only shows 2 options, close lid - do nothing, power - shut down, ask or do nothing. – Steve Jan 23 '13 at 23:01
the standby button is still shown when I shut down but not red, it's grey and not distinct. – Steve Jan 23 '13 at 23:02
Then most likely, as @Keltari has pointed out, you have not installed all the Dell drivers for your model laptop. Dell typically ships all their drivers on a separate disc. There isn't a restore disc per se. There is a copy of Windows, and a drivers disc. – Bon Gart Jan 24 '13 at 0:18
Thanks, I reinstalled with a restore disc created from the same laptop and I have used the drivers disc that came with it but alas it still doesn't show my stanby button. Perplexing!! – Steve Jan 25 '13 at 20:15

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