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Can't return to desktop after screensaver comes on

My son's computer (Winfast ncr18 MoBo, 160GB WD Caviar HDD, 512MB RAM, XP Home SP2) usually doesn't respond to mouse/keystrokes after the screensaver comes on (you're hosed). A workaround is to turn it off, but I'm trying to avoid wear and tear on the monitor (it happens on various monitors). Are there CMOS tweaks I can use to blank the screen? The setup settings are:
ACPI Function - Enabled
ACPI Suspend Type - S1(POS)
Power Management - User Defined
Video off method - DPMS Support
Harddisk drive power down - Disabled
Harddisk drive power down in Suspend mode - Disabled

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Set the screen saver to "none" and then..

In reply to: Can't return to desktop after screensaver comes on

In the power control panel, set the monitor off time period you like.


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Thanks, Power power

In reply to: Set the screen saver to "none" and then..

That did the trick, thanks.

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