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Windows 7: Screen saver not working

21 Sep 2012   #11
lexpres61

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi everyone. I had problems with my screensaver not working after only having my laptop for 2 weeks. I have Windows 7 Home primium x64.
I tried uninstalling the wireless mouse and that did not work. My automatic updater was trying to install driver software for my Intell HD graphics and each time it did the installation would fail.
I finally found out that the automatic updater could not install the driver if my pc was customized, which it was, so I had to go to the manufacturer's website, which in my case was Hewlett Packard.
I clicked on driver updates and entered the laptop model number and a list of available driver updates were given.
I downloaded a graphics driver. I restarted the laptop and what do you know! My screen saver was working again.
I don't know if this is the case with any of you here but hopefully I could help someone.


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21 Feb 2013   #12
michaelbeeinCO

Win 7 Pro
 
 
Good to know

I'm glad to know that windows 7 is so temperamental that something so small and minor could affect a fundamental (and what should be quite simple) feature of windoze...

I find my computer is no longer activating the screen saver, and I've not installed anything new in the last 3 months. (Verified by my installation log that I had set up as a data collection set!)

Changed batteries on mouse and keyboard (wireless), still not working. Now I guess I'll spend the next 10 hours going through each driver, uninstalling, and reinstalling. Good thing I'm a full-time college student, work 50 hours a week, have 4 animals and a busy wife to keep my occupied while I work on this windows stuff. I would hate to be spending my time doing what I actually need to do.
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28 Apr 2013   #13
sgmanohar

windows 7 64bit
 
 
Windows 7 Screensaver now working - SOLVED

In my case the culprit was Synergy.
The was running silently in the background.
Uninstalling synergy brought my screensaver back to life.

On the downside, synergy is a wonderful utility. Recommended to anyone with two computers e.g. laptop and desktop.
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18 Aug 2013   #14
pxfragonard

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I have a wired mouse and keyboard attached to a KVM switch that I use for two computers. I like to use a wireless mouse as well for turning off and on my TV player, which won't work with my WMP remote control. I also have a wireless keyboard/mouse combination for when my butt gets sore. It's a standing station. When my screen saver wasn't working I unplugged both remote hubs and reset the power plan to default, then changed them to my liking. I turned off the computer and unplugged it for 30 seconds. I rebooted and the screen saver worked. Then I plugged the key/mouse combo back in and checked in device manager that neither keyboard or mouse (under power management) had the box checked "allow this device to wake computer." Then I did the same with the other wireless mouse. Everything's working fine.

Don't forget to check power management under device manager.
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19 Aug 2013   #15
elmlouise

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

pxfragonard, I use a wireless mouse also and found that I had to move the usb connector from one port to another and all of a sudden the screensaver started up again. hope this helps.
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01 Sep 2013   #16
casualObserver

win 7 professional
 
 

had the same problem today. system is Dell Optiplex 745, duo core with Win 7 Pro. Screensaver setup: theme was United Sates (30 min rotation), screensaver: mystify (5 min). display logon screen not checked. after perusing many blogs re this problem, decided to change wallpaper. changed to windows 7 basic and changed screensaver to 2 min. it worked fine!!?? went back to original configuration...and it worked as original, just fine. not sure why this happens. glad i didn't download files or make registry changes before trying this.
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01 Sep 2013   #17
pxfragonard

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by casualObserver View Post
had the same problem today. system is Dell Optiplex 745, duo core with Win 7 Pro. Screensaver setup: theme was United Sates (30 min rotation), screensaver: mystify (5 min). display logon screen not checked. after perusing many blogs re this problem, decided to change wallpaper. changed to windows 7 basic and changed screensaver to 2 min. it worked fine!!?? went back to original configuration...and it worked as original, just fine. not sure why this happens. glad i didn't download files or make registry changes before trying this.
Yeah, don't do registry changes unless you really understand what you're doing. Keep it simple. Solutions often are. You can use any image on your computer as the background image btw.
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02 Sep 2013   #18
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

yeah, this is one of those anomalies I run across now and then. In my case, a re-boot has usually fixed it. Sometimes it just fixes itself. I'm just a driver, not a mechanic so I don't sweat these gremlins too much. As a safety measure I have my background set to slide show mode.

onward ...
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11 Feb 2014   #19
Cabernet

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I have a wireless mouse/keyboard but sometimes my screensaver works. After reading what others said about programs running in the background I shut down Windows Media Player (I listen to music through my computer) and got my screensaver back.
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12 Feb 2014   #20
Cabernet

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Further searches regarding Media Player and Screensaver yielded these results: right click bottom Media Player screen to get list including "options". Click on Options.
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