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Unable to get PC to sleep after screen saver has kicked in

Q: Unable to get PC to sleep after screen saver has kicked in

Perhaps I'm trying to do something that is not supported but if it is I can't seem to get it to work.

What I want to do is to have my screen saver kick in after my selected delay time and then, after a prescribed time to have the PC go to sleep. For instance, the screen saver kicks in after 15 minutes. I have set the power setting to put the PC to sleep after an hour but it never appears that once the screen saver is running it prevents any power settings from working.

Is there a simple way to achieve what I'm trying to do or is that not possible?

As always any feedback is appreciated.

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A: Unable to get PC to sleep after screen saver has kicked in

Here is a tutorial by Brink you can work through:
Power Options and Sleep Mode Problems

I use sleep and hibernate without issues.
I don't use screen saver.
I have my systems set to turn off the monitor 5 minutes before auto sleep or hibernate kicks in.

With modern LCD's i don't know of a real need to use screen saver.
They don't get burn-in like the old CRT's.
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A:Screen saver and Sleep

Have you unpluged the wireless mouse to see if it worked? Does the computer ever go to sleep?
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A:Screen saver and sleep

Hello Bill,
My name is Krishna and I work for the Social Media and Community Team at Dell. Try the steps from the below article and see if it helps.

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A:Sleep Mode And Screen Saver

Try resetting the Power Options in Control Panel. Drill all the way down until you get to "Advanced Settings" and give them a whirl.
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Sounds to me like a program(s) running in the background could be the cause of these 2 items not working the way they should be. When you are done with the system for the day etc; make sure you exit all programs completely. Try that and see if it starts working the way it should again. If not post back
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A:Internet disconnects during sleep / screen saver

Hi Newdles,

do the following

go to network sharing center, Network Connections, right click the dialup connection, go to proerties, select the second tab options. overthere set the idle time

please find the attached file

hope this helps
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Hello there @Wod42, Welcome back to the HP Support Forums! I understand that you are having problems with sleep mode and the screen saver on your computer. I am happy to help with this. Please post the full product number and operating system in use on your computer. See the following, if you need help with that information. How Do I Find My Model Number or Product Number? Looking at some of your earlier posts, your computer is running on a retail Windows 7 installation disk and not a factory image. Is that correct? If so, you may find these two links to Microsoft pages or to their forums of use to you.Windows 7 does not go to sleep - 7 - screen saver won't activate - Please let me know how that works for you, and if it does resolve your issue, please mark this post as a solution. Kudos would also be appreciated.
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A:Is there a Sleep setting that can include a screen saver?

Question: Why would you need to touch anything on the UPS as part of your daily routine?

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A:Security logon after screen saver time out/sleep.

OThe only setting I know of is the checkmark next to the delay timer that says "On resume, display logon screen" (or words to that effect - the exact wording varies slightly depending on your settings). Checking this causes Windows to ask for password - presumably the fingerprint reader in your case.
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Take a look at this tutorial - Power Options and Sleep Mode Problems
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Welcome to the Seven Forums

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Hello sanchises and welcome to Seven Forums.

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SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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If you manually click sleep, does it go to sleep and stay asleep? It doesn't wake up on its own after 10 seconds or so?
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this should be simple English because that all I can speak .
lan is a local area network, used In a business setting for the most part ,iam sure some guys have them at home! so wake on lan means the computer can be awaken by the company IT guy from his computer using a magic packet ,what ever that is ?,or something like that ,so you /me can disable that feature ,
magic packet ,info from my best friend on the internet .
Wake-on-LAN - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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? Age of OS installation - have you re-installed the OS? 1 week

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I have tried reinstalling Nvidia drivers, currently use the older version 310.90
Previously used 314.22.

A:[SOLVED] I get black screen after coming back from screen saver/idle

The following may be helpful when reading the remainder of this post:Beta and Legacy Drivers | GeForce

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Product Type: GeForce
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
Product Series: GeForce 600 Series
Product: GeForce GT 620
Recommended/Beta: Recommended/Certified


Name Version Release Date
GeForce 314.22 Driver WHQL 314.22 March 25, 2013
GeForce 314.07 Driver WHQL 314.07 February 18, 2013
GeForce 310.90 Driver WHQL 310.90 January 5, 2013
GeForce 310.70 Driver WHQL 310.70 December 17, 2012
GeForce 306.97 Driver WHQL 306.97 October 10, 2012
GeForce 306.23 Driver WHQL 306.23 September 13, 2012
GeForce 301.42 Driver WHQL 301.42 May 22, 2012

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These crashes are DirectX/graphics card related. DirectX comes installed with Windows, so this may indicate Windows corruption. It may also be that you have corrupted drivers or a graphics card hardware problem.
If you are overclocking any hardware, please stop.

Run a system file check to check Windows for corruption: Click Start Menu
Click All Programs
Click Accessories
Right click Command Prompt
Click Run as administrator
sfc /scannow
and press Enter
Once it is complete, make note of the message. If it says Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations., restart your computer and post back
If the message does not say Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations., restart your computer and do steps 1-6 again.
You may need to do steps 1-6 up to three times with a restart in between each run to resolve all corrupted files.
If you still have corrupted files after a fourth run, post back here with the following:Click Start Menu
Click Computer
Open your C: drive
Open Windows
Open Logs
Open CBS
Copy and paste CBS.log or CBS (it may not have the log extension) to a location you will remember.
Compress (zip) the CBS file and attach the .zip file to your next post.

Follow the steps for Diagnosing basic problems with DirectX. To re-install your display card drivers as outlined in the DirectX link, use the following steps.
Download the drivers you want for your display card(s)
Click Start Menu
Click Control Panel
Click Uninstall a program
For NVIDIA:Uninstall the NVIDIA Graphics Driver (this should uninstall all NVIDIA software and drivers)
Restart your computer
Make sure NVIDIA 3D Vision Driver, NVIDIA 3D Vision Video Player, NVIDIA HD Audio Driver, and NVIDIA PhysX System Software are not still listed under Uninstall a program through Control Panel
If any remain of the above, uninstall one at a time
If asked to restart after uninstalling any of the above, do so, and continue uninstalling any remaining NVIDIA items until all are removed

For AMD:Uninstall AMD Catalyst Install Manager if it is listed (this should remove all AMD graphics software and drivers)
If AMD Catalyst Install Manager is not listed, use the following method to uninstall the graphics drivers (this applies to onboard graphics, as well):Click Start Menu
Right Click My Computer/Computer
Click Manage
Click Device Manager from the list on the left
Expand Display adapters
Do the following for each adapter (in case you have multiple display cards)Right click the adapter
Click Uninstall (do not click OK in the dialog box that pops up after hitting Uninstall)
Put a tick in Delete driver software for this device (if this option is available, otherwise just hit OK) and hit OK

Alternatively:Login as an adminstrative user
Click Start Menu
Click Control Panel
Click Hardware and Sound
Click Device Manager (the last link under Devices and Printers)
Expand Display adapters
Do the following for each adapter (in case you have multiple display cards)Right click the adapter
Click Uninstall (do not click OK in the dialog box that pops up after hitting Uninstall)
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A:Screen Saver

Do other programs and windows take this long to open as well?
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A:No Screen Saver

Try a system restore to before the problem started. If that doesn't help, you might try this fix from kellys-korner. Scroll down to line 51, ScreenSaver Disable/Enable. Instructions to run VBS Files at top of web page.
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A:Screen Saver

When is the last time you scanned for spyware/virus?
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A:Screen saver won't come on.

hi and welcome to the forum

have a look here in brinks tutorial to see if you have missed anything? How to Enable or Disable Screen Savers in Windows 7 and Vista
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Loaded up programs and things were a lot faster but the computer still didn't seem right. At times in typing,the letters would not type or a differnt letter typed.
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Files for your screen saver could be all over the place there is a place that part of the screen saver is or might be located but the best way to get your screen saver if you do not have the original file is the manufacturer's site that made the screen saver.

The one way you can start to find it would be to do a search for scr this is the extension for the screen saver but when you find it do a right click on it then properties and look for the web site address for the file.

I wish you good luck.
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A:screen saver

I don't really understand what it is you want, I have my Pictures folder as the Screen Saver and it is set to activate after 10 mins of the computer being idle all other power savings are set to Never, whenever I want to use the computer again it's just a question of moving the mouse and the monitor is back to what it was either the desktop or if I left a program or forum open it would be back to that.
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A:No Screen saver

Hello & welcome to TSF ,

do you have a Windows Xp cd, not the restore cd's that come with some systems, the cd will have the Windows logo & 3D hollowgram/image on it

if you do not maybe you can barrow one from a friend/family member/co-worker as long as it is the same version that is on your system

if you have (Windows XP Home Ed. sp2 ) then the cd will have to be that / if you have a cd with (Windows XP Home Ed. )you will have to slipstream (SP2 ) onto a disk that you create

this also applies to (Windows XP Professsional )
this also applies to (sp3 )

now if you do have the Windows XP cd with sp2 please follow these steps as long as sp3 is not installed


performing a (sfc) system file checker

It is a scan that checks the core files & dlls of the (os) operating system and replaces them if they are corrupt or missing with the correct original version


#1 then select (run) , then press enter
a window will open
#2 type in ( cmd ) then press enter
another window will open
#3 type in ( sfc )then press enter
another window will open
#4 type in (sfc /purgecache) then enter / your pc will work like crazy / this helps in rebuiding the cache file (notice the space between (sfc & /)
#5 type in (sfc /scannow ) then press enter ( notice the space between the (sfc & / )

now a scan will start , have your (Windows XP software disk ready ) your pc may ask for this disc when it starts or during the scan( so you must sit with the pc while this scan functions ) , if it does then incert the cd into one of your cd/rom/player's , your pc will then reconnize it and continue , you will then have to minimize the splash screen for the cd to see the scan , when the scan is finished you will need to close the cd and all open windows , then remove the cd

you will then need to do a ( Disk Cleanup ) , then empty the caches & temp files thru the (Internet Options) , then do a defrag

restart your pc
now this is the process

a (sfc) is a windows scanner that is directed at the core system files & dll's

it scans only these files & dll's to see if they have been corrupted or replaced by (maleware/spyware/trojans/ viruses/ ect..that are designed to mask themselves as part of the operating system and cause havic or send information/data to it maker /originator

now i do know that during this process that these 2 patches/hotfix's will be knocked out

KB902400 & KB914440

to wich can be easily reinstalled by downloading them from the download center at microsoft / since microsoft is always creating patches & fix's for the software to solve issues they placemant & page that they are on will change / when downloading them you can save them for fucture use and reinstalling / just make a file and put them into it / one will ask to have the system rebooted ( yes ) the other simply is installed

i use (Belarc Advisor)to wich will show you all your installed patchs & fix's and if they are intack & will give you a direct link to microsft to either give you info on the patch/fix or a link to reinstall the patch/fix

you can download it here

now with the removal of infections i find it to be best to do a (sfc) for from the process of removal some files/ dlls can be damage and need to be replaced

now also when you remove infections it can also cause added programs to act weirdly or to stop fuctioning all together to wich they may need to be repaired or reinstalled

then get back to us
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A:Screen Saver

I have seen a wireless Microsoft USB mouse cause this issue before.
Had me stumped for a long time too!
Do you have a wireless USB mouse? If so, unplug it and try a $5 standard PS/2 mouse. I bet it works then
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Are there some settings on the monitor itself I should modify?

Any ideas?

A:Screen Saver

I removed your other post. Do not post multiple threads for the same problem.

Next when you set a screensaver, are you using an account with admin priv?

What pw management have you selected ie balanced, high performance, or a custom one?
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A:Screen saver

google it, there are several different ones, some free, some pay, just avoid installing the toolbars that come with the free ones. There is no included one in xp.
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I do not like Windows 7 picture slide show. It is not flexible enough; doesn't allow any settings.

A:screen saver

Hi gallicbear,

Sorry we're getting to this so late. I hope you've found a solution by now, but if not -- what specific settings did you want to modify in the Picture Slideshow? There might be a workaround.

Also, what level of success did you have running an XP Picture Slideshow in Windows 7 32-bit?


Windows Outreach Team
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A:Best screen saver??

There are tons. Do a search on scrrensavers and pick the thread you like best