Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Screen saver freezes computer

22 Nov 2009   #1
kocsis

windows 7
 
 
Screen saver freezes computer

I had my PC (Dell XPS 435T, with Win7 Ultimate 62 upgrade from Vista Ultimate 62) set to go into screen saver mode (with my pictures shuffled) after 5 minutes and then upon resumption logon with password to get back to the desktop. I found that the longer the screen saver was on, the longer it took to get back to the desktop. First, there would be a delay at the log-on screen (it would take 3-4 minutes for the desktop to appear), then if I waited for more than 5-6 hrs, the delay would occur when clicking the screen saver (it would freeze for 4-5 minutes), and no delay after I entered the password on the logon screen.

I now shut off the screen saver, and just use the "lock" option when sutting down my computer - and no delays. Could the screen saver photos just slowly jam the memory, or something like that - and is there a solution? I did not have this problem with Vista.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

22 Nov 2009   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Screen savers use a lot of memory. How much memory do you have? If you are borderline able to use Windows 7, I would suggest forget the screen saver. I have 8 gb and I do not use the Screen saver. I set my computer to turn off monitor after 15 minutes and to sleep after 30 (desk top)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Nov 2009   #3
kocsis

windows 7
 
 
Memory

Thanks. I have 12 gb of RAM, which was enoguh when i was using Vista
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


22 Nov 2009   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

You have more than enough memory. Win 7, requires less than Vista.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2009   #5
kocsis

windows 7
 
 

This is quite frustrating, though a minor problem. I isolated it - it only occurs if screen saver is on. I can lock computer and then go back on, without a problem. The amount of the delay is proportional to the amount of time screen saver is on - longer it's on, longer the delay. And interestingly, the delay first manifests itself in a blue screen after logon from locked screen, and then if I wait longer to click through from the screen saver, the delay is when I click the screen saver (it freezes), and there is no delay on logon.

I can just avoid screen saver, but I enjoy watching all of my photos flashing by (by the way, the problem occurs even with a simple screen saver, like bubbles). Somehow, some cache fills up and needs to be deleted when I click on the screen saver.

Someone suggested a clean install, but I truly don't want to go through all of that - reinstall all of my programs, data, etc.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Screen saver freezes computer




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Begin screen saver when lock computer
Hello, it's possible to windows immediately initiate screen saver when I lock'im? (WINDOW KEY + L)? No matter how many minutes I put to initiate the screen saver. I want that it begin immediately after I lock windows. Just like GNOME does. Thanks, if it's possible, I hope you guys help me.
General Discussion
Computer won't Idle -- no screen saver or auto monitor shut off
Hi all, I've had this problem for a few weeks now. My auto sleep function of either my monitor or screen saver won't work well, soon after a computer restart. Right after a restart things are working normally, but after say 5 hours it doesn't work. It seems that my computer won't idle then. ...
General Discussion
My computer is changing regular folders to screen saver? Please help
I don't know why my computer started doing this but yesterday I was going through one of my folders and I noticed the sub folders all looked a little strange. When I single click the folder to view details it says the name of the folder and right under that it says "screen saver." Usually it says...
General Discussion
Screen Saver, I want to start the Screen Saver Manually.
I am aware of the Screen Saver setup and modify capabilities in the Personalization menu. I am also aware that there is a Preview button there also. There is a program in the Windows system files that you can put on the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen. You can then click this Icon and manually...
Customization
my screen freezes but computer doesnt.. help please
Im having a really strange issue on my computer, im running windows 7 x64 basically what happens is im using my computer and suddenly it freezes. At first I thought the whole computer freezes but I soon realized this is not the case. My mouse pointer remains free and i can move it while...
General Discussion
New Computer, just freezes with Black Screen
Hello! I set up a new PC 3 days ago. Occasionally it displays a black screen, the image flicker for like 0.5 seconds and then that's it - windows doesnt react to anything after that. It doesn't happen on a special load situation, just out of nothing - while surfing, listen to iTunes.... ...
BSOD Help and Support

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:32.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App