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Posted on 2006-06-12
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My problem is that any standard Windows screensaver pops up momentarily (for a second or so) at random times while I am working even though it is set to come on only after 15 minutes of inactivity. I also have an intermittent problem with Standby. Sometimes after putting the sytem in Standby, the computer will not respond to any input commands from the mouse or the keyboard and I am forced to shut down and reboot. At other times, the system will respond normally and start up again from a keyboard command.

I suspected a power management problem. Updated my BIOS and video controller drivers with no success. Fiddled around with power management in the BIOS but no joy and tried juggling Windows settings, all to no avail. Considered apower management conflict between the bIOS and Windows but can find no way to disable power management in the BIOS settings! I have had this problem since I purchased the system but it didn't bother me since I simply disbaled the screensaver when I was using a CRT monitor. Now that I have an LCD monitor, I want to use the screensaver. Initel provides no support, (NOTE - never buy an Intel product!) and if I bring the sytem back to mthe dealer, I will be charged if it is found to be just a configuration or settings problem. Hmmmm....

Help, please!

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by:nobus
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from your post, i would say there is a problem with your system, return it for a repair or replacement.
You can try a 3rd party screensaver, to test if it also behaves erratically.
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by:rindi
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First, what's the reason you didn't use the screensaver while using a CRT, and now that you are using an LCD you are using the screensaver?

One reason for screensavers is to prevent the picture from being burnt into the display, but this can only happen tp CRT displays and not LCD's. Another reason would be to save power, but for that only the "Blank" screensaver is of any use, and again a CRT uses a lot more power than an LCD. A screensaver with moving images often requires more processor and harddisk activity of the PC and therefore uses more power than if there is no screensaver on the PC too. So the only screensaver that really makes sense is the blank one.

Test the system for malware or 3rd party tools or software that might be active.

Download the latest version of HijackThis

http://www.hijackthis.de

(Click on the „Directdownload“ link).

run it and save the log. Paste the log to the following website

http://www.hijackthis.de/en

Follow the following exactly:

At the bottom of the page you'll see a "ANALYZE" button. Click it and you will have an analysis of your log. Now a new button, "SAVE ANALYSIS" will show up at the bottom. Your analyzed log will be saved to a page on that homepage, of which you can post the URL here. I should then be able to see if there is any software causing problems.
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by:thebluejay
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It wasn't hardware. It wasn't malware. It wasn't a virus or spyware. It was PowerPro! Since I did not have the problem in safe mode, I knew it had to be a driver or some app. I gradually eliminated everything, one by one, until I found the culprit. PowerPro had a setting which I had configured a long time ago to make the screensaver start when the mouse was in a certain spot! My fault! LOL. But glad I finally found the trouble.
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