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great computer hates screensavers

by jco / September 17, 2006 5:30 AM PDT

Dell Dimension 8200, 512 Mg RAM, Intel Pentium 4 (2000Mhz), 1702FP monitor, Brother MFC-420cn, running MS XP SP2 (all patches and updates in place), AVG Professional (all updates in place), Spybot S&D and CCleaner, both fully updated. NVIDIA drivers are the latest available. BIOS has never been updated, because I'm scared to do that. The system is four years old.

This has been an A#1 system -- with one oddity, right from get-go: It hates screensavers. I've tried a variety of same, always with the same or similar result: Sooner or later, the computer, monitor and/or some portion of one or both, seems to "reject" the screensaver. 1) The monitor will suddenly go to black; 2) a picture (as in "My Slideshow") will freeze on the screen; 3) a picture will freeze in the middle of a transition.

In all cases, there is no response from moving the mouse, tapping the spacebar, doing "control/shift/escape" or "control/shift/delete," and our only choice is a hard shutdown.

Screensavers are no big deal to me, and from what I've read on the internet, they're not considered a necessity anymore to prevent burn-in. That's why I've never posted this question before -- but now, for some reason, I felt that I should.

The power scheme is set to Never/Never/Never. Our system never liked the other options, either. Again, I figured it was no big deal. I log off and shut down every day -- oh, and I also turn off and unplug if there are storms in the area.

Can't think of anything else right now. Thanks for any help -- and, as always, for past help.

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great computer hates screensavers
by Bob__B / September 17, 2006 7:57 AM PDT

I have a machine that's a few years older than yours.

It would never run things like PM or screen savers.

I could activate these features and for a few days it worked fine and then it would hang or do some other odd thing.

I chased it around through bios updates, mobo drivers, vid drivers...nope.

I finally said nuts, I don't need this nonsense and turned the whole mess off....the machine runs fine.

I suppose you could try a bios update but if your only issue is screen savers, I would 'not' go there.

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Sounds like a plan...
by jco / September 17, 2006 8:55 AM PDT

Thank-you, Bob B. I've had no problems other than the screensaver thing, and I'm not eager to try a BIOS upgrade.Since I now know someone else who has the same problem with another well working system, maybe I can stop wondering if the prob is a sign of something worse. Thanks again.

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