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Windows 7: Screen saver not working

31 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
Screen saver not working

Hi all,
has anybody had experience with the screen saver not working? Mine is set up to light up the screen after 10 min but it doesn't want to come out to play
Everything is set up OK in "personalisation", get the preview when I click on it but zilch action after the due time.

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31 Aug 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello lffoar,

Just to verify, but are you letting the computer sit completely idle for 10 minutes without touching it, the mouse, or keyboard? Any activity you do on the computer will restart the timer.
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31 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I had a coworker with this same problem, and it turned out to be her wireless mouse. Any chance you are using one of those?
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31 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

No, I leave it completely alone Brink.......don't even talk to it
Yes, Deacon, I do have a w/mouse but it has been on the comp since before this problem occurred....will try a different mouse tho' and see what happens.

Thanks guys
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31 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Nope, tried another wireless mouse and a wired one as well....same result, no go. Dunno what it is about Windows 7, little gremlins pop up from time to time.........Oh for the ol' days....dos, 3.1.........yeah right
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31 Aug 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Do you have anything connected to the computer other than monitor, keyboard, or mouse? If so, disconnect them to see if one of them may be the issue.

Do you have anything running on the computer that may be preventing it from going into screen saver mode? For example, like the program below.

RJL Software - Software - Utility - Stop Screen Saver
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31 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

OK, I tried going through services.msc to make sure nothing there was perhaps disabled, then tried Brink's suggestion and unplugged/uninstalled and/or disabled printers and other peripherals one by one. No change. Then I unplugged the w/mouse and uninstalled the driver, rebooted, plugged it back in, let Windows install a driver and everything works again!!!! Bloody computer, grrrrrrrrrr
Thanks again fellas, really appreciate the help we deadheads get from this site.
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31 Aug 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

LOL, that's great news. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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01 Sep 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

My coworker had a wireless mouse, and she'd leave her computer on all night...noticing the screen save would never kick on...even though it was set properly and ran fine when tested. We tried everything until she unplugged the mouse and put a wired one in (batteries died in the wireless one and she didn't have any on hand). She noticed the screen saver worked that night, but then stopped working once she switched back to the wireless mouse.
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02 Jun 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I just had the same problem. To test the fix mentioned above, I unplugged my wireless mouse and the screensaver started working. So I changed the battery in the wireless mouse, plugged it back in, and the screensaver is working fine now.

Thanks for the tip!
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