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Hi there, I have a Dell 2150 CN printer that likes to turn

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Hi there,

I have a Dell 2150 CN printer that likes to turn itself off after being on about 2 or 3 hours. Power isn't simply 'cut,' it actually flicks its own switch. I can't find anything online about it. is this normal? Can it just stay on all the time?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Printers
Expert:  Richard replied 4 years ago.
Thank you for your question, my name is Richard and I look forward to assisting you.

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This is not power save mode as this would happen within the hour, so appears to be the Power Supply or Mainboard that is malfunctioning.

I would really advise not to keep it on all the time. Any malfunction involving power is a risk to keep using the unit (especially if unsupervised)

I would advise to take it into the store you purchased it from (to be done under warranty) and have a hardware diagnostics performed on it.

The faulting component can then be found and replaced.

Feel free to ask if you would like any additional information please.

Thank you

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

It may be it happens within an hour. Shall I test it?

Expert:  Richard replied 4 years ago.
Yes please, confirms if it is within or outside an hour and then we know if it is the power save feature.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

OK will do this afternoon,

Expert:  Richard replied 4 years ago.
Thank you.

One way we can know now for sure though, is when you print to it, does it automatically come back on?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

No. The switch stays in the off position so it can't come back on.

Expert:  Richard replied 4 years ago.
Ok, it is not the power saver mode, it is a fault occurring within the printer that you will need to have diagnosed and repaired.

The fact it does not wake up from this mode confirms it.