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Windows 7: Screensaver and power off monitor not working

18 Apr 2012   #31

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

My fix was to disable the wake-up features of devices other than my keyboard in device manager (under power management untick "allow this device to wake the computer").

You can find out what woke your computer last by hitting the green button, typing cmd and hitting cmd.exe when it comes up on top of the start menu. After giving permission to run command, type "powercfg /lastwake" to find out what woke your computer last.

I found out which device was the culprit by typing into the command dialog
"powercfg /devicequery wake_armed"

That will tell you what woke your computer last.

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19 Apr 2012   #32

win 7 home premium 64-bit SP1

Thank you for the replies.
The mouse is usb corded and the modem is always on.
Someone drove into a power pole in March and xaused a power outage after which I could no longer connect to the internet.
I kept getting winsodk init failed failed and wrong version winsock messages so after all else failed I reinstalled windows which restored interbet access and fixed whatever ther screensaver activation problem was (for now).
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19 May 2012   #33

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

my current 2 cents:
it seems that my screen saver / display power off stopped working when i updated the intel wifi driver. the old driver failed to stay connected to most n-routers, the new one is ok. i'm on win7-64, and yes, "allow this device to wake up the computer" is unchecked in the device manager.

so now i have a choice between n / display powering off. don't like it one bit.

anyone seen the same phenomenon?

played with this some more. seems that the intel wifi nic is not the culprit after all - even disabling it the screen still stays on. plus - the machine does not run tasks scheduled to run on idle.
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19 May 2012   #34

Windows 7/64 HPremium.

I have read the posts here with interest. Whilst I may be missing something, I don't understand why everyone is using a screensaver, in this day and age of flat screens. Unless you are still using a CRT monitor, there is no necessity for a screensaver. At least, that is my understanding. If anyone wishes to correct me, feel free: at 67 I am still learning and will accept any constructive criticism as education.

I have used a Logitech MK 250 wireless KB & mouse for almost 2 years now and have had none of the Power management problems here described. I have not used a screensaver since my first 19" flat screen, 5 years ago. (I now have a 24" Liyama.) This is not meant as criticism, I am simply intrigued by the fact that others still use a screensaver and would like to know if there is an actual technical reason for it.
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19 May 2012   #35

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

dear bertison - we use screen savers for fun!

or - if in an office environment, it's nice to know that every passer-by doesn't eyeball your screen during your lunch break even if you didn't switch it off.

i could live without a screensaver, no problem, but i do want the display to power off when idle.
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19 May 2012   #36

Windows 7/64 HPremium.
Screensaver Fun!

Hi zdoe

Thanks for that: think I remember "fun". Some 40-odd years ago, before my first marriage.

Or maybe today, when my 6 year old granddaughter wants a (willing) playmate.

Think I will try a screensaver, and change it regularly. Is that allowed?
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24 May 2012   #37

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

update2 - i think i've pinned down the culprit - usbaudio.sys.

New USB Audio Driver from Windows 7 SP1

so actually the problem is that the system is never idle enough to sleep / shut off the display. high cpu usage caused by external USB speakers. though i never experienced this with another USB audio stick.

extensive googling shows that win7-64 usb audio driver is at fault. this may get fixed once i upgrade to sp1. or - if i can find them, the xp-64 usb audio drivers might work.

anyone got an xp-64 disc that you could pull them for me from?
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24 May 2012   #38

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
The Fix That Wroked...for me

Hats off to the poster who said turn off the laptop, remove the battery and wait 60 seconds. I actually waited 5 minutes. My screensaver and power settings work like new!
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03 Jun 2012   #39

Windows 2000Pro w/service pack 4
Screensaver and power off monitor not working

Just to make sure someone knows about my battle with the screensaver not starting when I hooked up a Logitech M515 optical mouse on an Inspirion 8500 (2002 vintage) running Windows 2000Pro w/service pack 4. Tried numerous fixes found online. None worked until I found the Logitech forum. SetPoint 3.1.116, found on the logitech site, corrected the "Optical Mouse Not Allowing The Screensaver To Start" problem immediately.

The mouse tilt wheel function also works fine with this old driver.

This driver is generic enough to work with just about any mouse. The driver is listed for Windows 2000 and XP.

Hope this helps soemone who has spent as much time as I have trying to keep the mouse and have the screensaver work.

Now, a question for Logitech. Why does this driver work fine, but 6.X driver does nothing for the problem. Maybe someone should look at this driver and find out what was screwed up in the new drivers.

NAH, that would make too much sense.
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03 Jun 2012   #40

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

my resolution to what i was writing a few posts up:

sp1, and replacing the attached USB-audio device. problem solved.

likelier culprit than the usbaudio.sys that i was suspecting is the old altec lansing usb-speakers i was using and have now trashed.
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