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Windows 2000 Turn off monitor not working

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Hi,

A few monitor screens at work have started to get a burned image from the 'welcome to windows log on box' when the system is restarted or users log out. The power options>power scheme (set to always on, 20 minutes for monitor to shutdown) or screensaver does not work when the users are logged out. I have tried adjusting these setting with administrator privileges and it works when restarted the first time but when another user logs in, the setting do not hold on the next restart.
I can't find the default setting for the system which will shut down the monitor after 20 minutes if the system is not being used. Can someone help?
All systems are networked, windows 2000 SP3 and roaming profiles are used.
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by:saito1
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hi,

if no problem with administrators so there is permission problem, then:
whats happening when you add these users to the group "power users" locally and try screen saver and power management for monitor ? it's ok ?

and what permissions do domain users have on those computers ? and on others that don't have problem ?
please try and if not solve tell me and lets work on it...

SO

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by:Cyber-Dude
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It is some sort of a settings in the user profile. At the users problematic profile, access the registry and go to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Run
Check for anything unusual running at this location.

Cyber
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by:Rob Stone
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Check to see if anything is in the BIOS for power settings.
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by:andrewapps
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Thanks to saito1, Cyber-Dude and Stoner79 for your comments and advice. I tried them all.

I eventually solved it by doing a lot of testing. The software build that has been cloned to every machine was faulty in that the power option setting of 'turn off monitor in 20 minutes' was given to the profile and it never worked.
I changed it to 15 minutes and copied over the deafult user profile. I deleted the roaming profile from a user and logged into the machine so that it was created again. The monitor would then power down even when restarted and sitting at the logon prompt box.
The problem was that every roaming profile needed to be redone, which is not practical.
Found an adm that can be applied using GPO's at  http://downloads.zdnet.co.uk/0,39025604,39074334s,00.htm
Very simple to use and solved my problem.
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Cheers for the reply.

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