Screensaver/display not working in Windows 7

By hitech0101 ยท 37 replies
Feb 25, 2011
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  1. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 451   +34

    Unable to copy file because access is denied but will this fix the screensaver problem?
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    Are you using an "Elevated Command Prompt" as the instructions tell you to. You do this by typing CMD into the search box, a pop up menu appears above and then you need to right click on CMD and select "Run as Administrator".

    And in answer to the question, due to the lack of any information on this file the simple answer is I don't know.

    This guide I found for Vista but it should apply, may be worth a read. Some of the command scripts will allow you to see what is going on. The suggestion in post 106 (below the guide) might also be of use.
  3. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 451   +34

    Repaired the file also I installed win7 on another machine the screensaver/display turn off seems to work fine there probably some hardware am using or i need to do a fresh install that's the option left till then will have to remember to switch off monitor before i leave the room.

    Thanks for helping me.
  4. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    Your welcome.
  5. JEG56

    JEG56 TS Rookie

    I know this is old correspondence, but thought someone might be able to help me with the same problem. I have a new computer with Windows 7, and a new monitor that never goes to screen saver or to sleep. It just stays on the last screen I was on. I set it to have the display go off after 3 minutes, and set the computer to go to sleep after 45. I don't know if the computer goes to sleep, but monitor never goes off or to screensaver. A moment ago I reset the power saver settings to default. From what I have read, a wireless mouse can cause this problem, but it was happening with a wired mouse also. FYI, this particular CPR is a replacement for the one I had purchased a few weeks earlier because the hard drive was failing on the first one and the store replaced it. The problem happened with both computers. I did not try all the various suggestions in this correspondence because I couldn't follow it all and they hadn't work for hightech0101 anyway. Whatever it is that can be 32 or 64 bit (I'm not technical) , I have 64 bit.
  6. Soteria

    Soteria TS Rookie

    This fix may not work for everyone, depends on your overall configerarion, however I tried all the suggestions I could find via Google searches. By chance I noticed in the task manager that although there were no applications running (idle mode) there were several google Chrome processes running despite the fact that I have never used Google Chrome, was downloaded with an adobe application. I decided to take a shot in the dark and uninstall google chrome, however when selecting "uninstall" from the control panel I received a error "close all Google Chrome screens and try again". I referred back to the task manager and ended all Google Chrome processes whereafter the uninstall was successful. The screensaver worked immidiately without a reboot. Good luck!
  7. Psychobob

    Psychobob TS Rookie

    Had the same problem, turned my wireless mouse of at the switch on the bottom and hey presto it worked, thanks a lot for the help.
  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,670   +413

    To the OP, Right click a bare spot on your desktop>Personalize>ScreenSaver & where it shows the length of time you have to "wait" till the screensaver starts, what does it show? If its a very high number, left click the DOWN arrow till you get to a reasonable time, sit & wait.
    IF this has been previously mentioned, I didn't see it.
  9. Ferier

    Ferier TS Rookie

    Guess what!

    In my case I discovered that it is an "OR" situation, and not a "AND" situation! I have to choose if I want to use the "screensaver", the "dim" or the "turn off". Only one of them works!

    If all them are enabled, only the first one that happen will work. I.e.: If the screensaver is programmed for 10min but the "dim" for 5 minutes, only "dim" will work.

    I choosed the "turn off" option and now it is working.

    Screensaver + "turn off" also work. Seems that the problem is with the "dim" option.

    System: Dell XPS; Win 7 Home Premium; second monitor installed, Logitech wireless mouse connected and working.

  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,670   +413

    What is the "dim" option? I'm on my Win 7 & don't believe I've seen that. Just curious. :)
  11. Ferier

    Ferier TS Rookie


    Sorry for the false alarm. The solution that I sent is not working on my PC anymore.

    The DIM that I refered to is the time that you set to dim the monitor, reduce the brightness.

  12. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,670   +413

    Ok, since I still am unfamiliar with it, I'm not going to be concerned about it. But thanks for the reply.
    What is it you are trying to do on yours?
  13. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,670   +413

    I know this is an old thread, but NEVER use Google to find software for your computer, go here
    or here

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