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Windows 7: screensaver 3 minutes

09 May 2014   #11
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Welcome to the Seven Forums.

You probably have an event that brings the computer out of the screensaver mode every 2 or 3 minutes. Think of it as an automatic shake of the mouse. Please try the steps mentioned in this tutorial to ferret out the culprit.

If that fails to find the issue, we can try Process Monitor...
...but Process Monitor can be a bit overwhelming.
See my posts here and here.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
What if it`s set at 8 or 10 minutes, does it work ?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Meta1ed View Post
no it doesn't start at 7 or 8 minutes
That confirms my suspicions. Some event happens every few minutes that resets the idle timer. I'm not sure what to check next. An AutoIt or PowerShell script might be able to monitor the idle timer and tell you down to the millisecond when the event occurred. Then match that time up with events in Process Monitor - but Process Monitor does not seem to capture every event (or I don't know what I'm seeing). I'm just thinking out loud. I don't expect you to do anything with this info.


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09 May 2014   #12
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

I have just been browsing & I noticed a thread in this section about a screen saver problem & the question was asked of the OP whether they had a wireless mouse &/or keyboard, which they had. After some uninstalling of the mouse & drivers & reinstalling seem to fix the problem.
Reading through the thread may help, even though some of it goes back a few years. Here is the link.

Screen saver not working
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10 May 2014   #13
Meta1ed

Windows 7 home
 
 
external drive

might it be my external drive that is causing all this?
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10 May 2014   #14
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Meta1ed View Post
might it be my external drive that is causing all this?
It certainly is possible. Try disconnecting it & see what happens.

Is your external drive connected at all times & if so what do you use it for. If you only use it for imaging & back ups then it is best to have it disconnected except when you are actually doing the back ups. This reduces unnecessary wear & tear on the drive.
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10 May 2014   #15
Meta1ed

Windows 7 home
 
 
drive

nope its not the external drive
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10 May 2014   #16
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Set the screensaver for 5 minutes.
(We don't want it to come on.)

Start Process Monitor.
Start the script below.
Don't touch anything.

Once the message box pops up...
...stop Process Monitor.

screensaver 3 minutes-timer.png

Look at the events around and just above the time shown in the message box. I don't know what the event will look like. Let us know if you don't see something obvious and I'll walk you thru making the Process Monitor log small enough to upload so that I can look at it.

Code:
#include <Timers.au3>
Sleep(111)
$h = @HOUR
If $h > 12 Then $h = $h - 12
Do
    Sleep(10)
    $IT = _Timer_GetIdleTime()
    ToolTip(Int($IT / 1000, 1) & " seconds idle", 10, 10)
Until $IT < 100
MsgBox(0, "time", $h & ":" & @MIN & ":" & @SEC & ":" & @MSEC)
After you install AutoIt* from here...
AutoIt Downloads - AutoItScript
...copy/paste the code above into a new script file.
You can sort of see that being done in second video in this post.
You do not need to compile the code...
...just run it as a text file.
You don't need to put it in the start up folder either.

*Right after the AutoIt installation completes, you might need to select an empty spot on the desktop and press F5. Doing that should rebuild/refresh the options that are available to you via Explorer's context menu (right click > New...).


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10 May 2014   #17
Meta1ed

Windows 7 home
 
 
possible

is it possible that its my virus scan that is interfering
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10 May 2014   #18
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Turn off the scanning and see, your anti-virus shouldn`t be scanning all the time anyway.

But I doubt that that would be the cause.
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11 May 2014   #19
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Meta1ed:

UsernameIssues has suggested how to find out what is causing you screen saver to fail. If you follow his well set out method we should be able to get to the cause of the problem.

This is a much better method that just randomly trying this & that. If you have any problems carrying out the instructions please get back.
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12 May 2014   #20
Meta1ed

Windows 7 home
 
 
wireless mouse

I have found the problem its my razor ourobouse mouse that is interfering with my screensaver any tip on how to resolve this issue thx
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