How to Fix a Monitor Not Waking Up After Sleep

When my monitor began refusing to wake up from sleep mode, I started researching the issue and quickly discovered that I’m not alone in my troubles. In fact, by my completely unscientific estimates, it seems that everyone has suffered from this at one point or another.

Unfortunately, there is no universal cause for this, so there’s no universal solution. However, seeing as there are several possible ways to resolve this, I’m going to run through some of the most popular causes and solutions to this age-old issue.

Disable PLL Overvoltage (ASUS Motherboards)

Asus deals with a lot of motherboards, and for the most part they deal with them quite well, but there are a couple of quirks on them that can cause things to go a little bit wrong. For example, most modern-ish Asus boards have a feature called “PLL Overvoltage” enabled by default. This helps overclock your CPU that little bit more, so if you’re worried about eking out those extra few-hundred MHz out of your rig, you may want to leave it on.

But if getting your PC some sleep is a priority, then you may need to turn this feature off, and to do that you need to go into the dreaded BIOS.

Reboot your PC, then as it’s booting, press the Delete key until the BIOS screen appears.

Now, things may vary a bit here from one motherboard to another, but to find the option, go into the “Advanced Mode” (the F7 key on my Asus Z97 MOBO).

Next, select “AI Tweaker” from the options at the top of the screen, then click the drop-down next to “Internal PLL Overvoltage” and change it to OFF. Save the settings and exit the BIOS.


Disable Link State Power Management

Sometimes, those seemingly helpful power options in Windows can prove to be a liability, accidentally keeping certain things in a dormant state even when they’re definitely meant to be on. Here’s how to make sure power management doesn’t interfere with your monitor.

Go to “Control Panel -> Power Options,” then select “Change plan settings” for the power plan you’re currently using and “Change advanced power settings.”

Next, scroll down to “PCI Express,” click the “+” icon next to it, and under “Link State Power Management” change the setting to “Off” and click “Save changes.”


Disable Auto-Detect in Monitor Settings

A seemingly simple option but a good one. When your monitor goes to sleep, the connection between it and the cable connecting it is severed. For some silly reason, however, when the connection gets re-established (when you bring your monitor out of Sleep mode), sometimes the monitor doesn’t re-establish that connection even though the cable is still plugged in. A possible solution to this is to use the buttons on your monitor to switch off the “auto-detect” option.


One of these solutions should solve your woes with reawakening your monitor. If one solution doesn’t work, try the next one, and remember to reset the options back to their original settings if you work out that that wasn’t what was causing the issue. All the aforementioned functions are useful in and of themselves, and there’s no need to leave them changed once you know they’re not the culprit.

Robert Zak Robert Zak

Content Manager at Make Tech Easier. Enjoys Android, Windows, and tinkering with retro console emulation to breaking point.


  1. How the heck do you make the adjustments as described when a monitor will now display???? No need reply ,just an observation :-)

    1. You make the adjustment when your monitor is on, so before your PC goes to sleep. This article relates specifically to waking your PC up after sleep, not for monitors that don’t switch on at all. That’s something for another day!

  2. great great job, thankyou. I solved this annoying problem thanks to you
    Option number three : disable auto detect-monitor

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