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screen saver resets to 4 minutes

Posted on 2007-03-21
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Windows XP with all current patches.
Dell Dimension 4550 w/1GB ram
I've set my screen saver to go "blank" after 25 minutes.

Periodically, this setting re-sets itself to 4 minutes for no apparent reason that I can see.  The machine has not been powered off in the interim.
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Question by:dragonflytech
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by:and235100
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If this is on a company network - group policy may be overriding your settings.

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by:Jeff Perkins
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What screen saver are you using?  
If you are using a 3rd party ss, try changing to one that came stock with windows, and see if it still happens.  Some 3rd party ss have a mind of their own.
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by:Jeff Perkins
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What screen saver are you using?  
If you are using a 3rd party ss, try changing to one that came stock with windows, and see if it still happens.  Some 3rd party ss have a mind of their own.
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by:dragonflytech
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Not on a corporate network. It's on a peer-to-peer network in my home.  Using the stock screen savers which come with winXP (I never use anything else.  Had too many problems with outside SS).
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by:and235100
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Are you using an administrative account?

Does this happen with other users on this computer?
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by:dragonflytech
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I am using an administrator account.  No one else uses this computer but myself.
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Jeff Perkins earned 250 total points
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Have you tried changing to another screen saver. Whichever one you are using could have some sort of corruption, might be something there.
 What AV are you running?
Any sort of spyware protection running in the background?
Can you run a hijack this to see what sort of processes might be running in the background?  
If you don't have it, you can get it here: http://hijackthis.de 
Use the direct download link in the top right corner of that page.  
Run it and save a log to your desktop, or someplace you are comfortable finding it, then upload or paste the file into that window and analyze with the button at the bottom. You can post that link back here and I'll have a look at it for you, if you like.
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by:dragonflytech
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It probably *is* a corrupt something somewhere.  I re-set it to go to a screen saver instead of going blank and now it keeps its timing.

Since it's such a small issue I'm not about to go drilling through the registry to try to figure out why it resets... it's enough that I can control it by using another ss setting.

Thanks.
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by:Jeff Perkins
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Kewl,
Glad you at least gained control over it...<grin>
Thanks for the points.
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