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PC monitor will not shut down after screensaver loads

by tboi88 / November 11, 2010 12:56 PM PST

I set my monitor to shut down minutes after the screensaver activates but once the monitor goes to shut off it goes through the motions but does not power down. This occurs with any screensaver I try. I've researced on the internet to no avail. When Im not running screensaver the monitor shuts down with no problem. I even tried the power settings in Manage. Nothing. Please help. thx in advance.

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Too little to work with.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 11, 2010 7:02 PM PST

I read your post carefully for the machine details but came up short. Try this. Reinstall the OS and add your stuff one by one until it breaks. Next time skip the item or setting that breaks this feature.

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something to work with
by tboi88 / November 11, 2010 7:54 PM PST

anything less tedious?

A8v-E Deluxe Motherboard
AMD 3800+ x2 Processor
4GB Corsair RAM
Radeon x700
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum
Windows XP SP3

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XP would have issues with that system.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 12, 2010 1:27 AM PST
In reply to: something to work with

And it might have worked until updates and who knows which driver was changed. This is why you want to watch for such and system restore when it happens and not the week or two later.

The 4GB RAM gives XP trouble with hibernate and sleep on some machines. I find I have to pull it back down to 1 or 2GB on some machines if installing the usual motherboard chipset, video and audio drivers don't help.

Be nice to those owners that update to the latest drivers. I know it's a craze but the advice stands -> Don't update drivers if everything is working.

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There is a bug
by Jimmy Greystone / November 11, 2010 8:55 PM PST

There is a bug in XP's power management features that will probably never be fixed.

Sometimes it just "forgets" what settings are applied. You can go and check that the settings are correct, and they will be, but they won't take effect regardless. And for reasons I could never pin down, it will only affect some systems, not others. And it's not a hardware issue. I worked at a job where I had two identical model systems with the same hardware and software. One would periodically get hit by this bug, the other wouldn't.

The only work around I found, was to slightly alter your power saving settings. So if the monitor is set to be put into power save mode after say 20 minutes, change it to 19 or 21 minutes. That will generally work until for whatever reason this bug strikes again and you have to start over.

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