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    No screensaver or auto power saving - Win7 laptop

    This used to work, but now the automatic standby will not kick in (it's set to 30 minutes). Also, the screensaver will not kick in either.

    Toshiba laptop, about 8 months old, Win 7 genuine.

    I also installed NirSoft's NirCmd command line program. One of its many features is a "monitor off" command. Works fine on my XP desktop. On the laptop, the screen turns off, but 5 seconds later it comes back on again. Seems likely that the waking up of the screen, and the non-functioning screensaver and powersaving are related.

    Any ideas?

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    Have you changed or added any software that something running in the notification area?

    Have you changed or added any hardware & drivers?

    Joe

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    I had a similar problem on a system with a flaky wireless mouse. It kept interrupting the system causing it to wake up/come out of screen saver.

    Suggest removing unnecessary devices (esp USB) to see if any are at fault.

    Jock

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    Some other things to check are:
    iTunes (Edit-Preferences-Devices uncheck everything)
    Media Player- needs to be stopped
    Bit torrent apps- the connection prevents it

    You could also give this a try: http://www.computerperformance.co.uk...cfg-energy.htm. Or just Google powercfg.

    Also see the link Clint posted under topic "Won't sleep" (same forum).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jockmullin View Post
    I had a similar problem on a system with a flaky wireless mouse. It kept interrupting the system causing it to wake up/come out of screen saver.
    Thanks. That was the problem. Ours is a Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000, and when rebooting without the receiver, the screensaver etc worked.

    Found this MS support page "The screen saver does not start after you install a wireless pointing device" at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/913405
    and located the suggested Optional Hardware Update "Microsoft HID Non-User Input Data Filter". Installed that, rebooted and the NirCmd Monitor Off works, the screensaver kicks in and it goes to sleep all by itself.

    Brilliant, thanks guys.
    P.S. To Butchcoats: Thanks for all those tips. iTunes is running but doesn't seem to be a problem luckily.
    P.P.S. This gadget worked fine with Vista so it may be a Win7 thing?
    Last edited by DavidPierson; 2011-02-25 at 19:43.

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