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Windows 7 and Screen Saver


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#1 Queen-Evie

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 01:43 PM

I have my screen saver set at 15 minutes. I first noticed something odd this past weekend. The screen saver was on when I drifted off to the land of sweet dreams. Sometime during the night I woke up, looked across the room, and I saw my desktop.

Other than thinking "why do I see my desktop" I thought nothing else about it.

Since then I have actually seen the screen saver disappear and my desktop appear. I was on the other side of the room, not on the computer, the mouse did not get moved, and nothing happened that would cause this.

I've not been able to figure out why all of a sudden the desktop would appear. Does anyone have any clues that might explain this or suggestions on what I can do to keep the screen saver on until I want to go to my desktop?

edit to add: After I made my post earlier, I noticed that after a while the screen saver would come back on and stay on a while before going back to the desktop. It's caught in a loop of going back and forth. In the grand scheme of things, this is not a biggie but I'd still like to know why this is happening.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 21 June 2011 - 10:58 PM.


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Posted 22 June 2011 - 08:02 AM

That's a new one Queen-Evie. I know you have already checked your settings. The only thing I can think of is that something you have set scheduled to do a scan or a program is checking for updates. You could also unplug you keyboard and mouse and see if it still happens. Their could be a circuit in either one of them with a little problem that could cause that to happen.

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 08:13 AM

1) Check scheduled tasks

2) As suggested above, check settings in av, defrag, backup, etc to make sure they aren't set to run in the background

3) Try a clean boot (msconfig selective startup) and see if the same thing happens

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 12:21 PM

No scans or updates are scheduled.

I'll have to try clean boot later.

There are, however, 37 active tasks that are currently enabled and have not expired listed under Active Tasks.

33 of them list Location as Windows\Microsoft\various file names.

Location for the other 4 have only \ and nothing else.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 09:25 PM

This evening I was finally able to document the following:

7:10 Screensaver

7:25 Desktop came back up

7:40 Screensaver

7:55 Desktop

8:05 Screensaver

8:25 Desktop at this point I got back on the pc

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 10:10 PM

Check in My Computer>properties>device manager>network adapter. There is a setting that may be checked under properties>power management that allows your machine to be wakened by the LAN. It could be that your antivirus is checking for updates and triggering the WOL.

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 05:24 AM

Have you tried a clean boot yet?

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 01:56 PM

Check in My Computer>properties>device manager>network adapter. There is a setting that may be checked under properties>power management that allows your machine to be wakened by the LAN. It could be that your antivirus is checking for updates and triggering the WOL.


What is checked is "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power".

The other option is "Allow this device to wake the computer". It is grayed out and if I wanted to check it I can't.

I'm not convinced that it is Eset looking for updates. I've had Eset for several months and until a week ago never had this issue.


Have you tried a clean boot yet?


I tried it about 2 hours ago and no change. The computer still went through the constant changing from screensaver to desktop to screensaver and back to desktop.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 25 June 2011 - 02:00 PM.


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Posted 25 June 2011 - 02:48 PM

I tried it about 2 hours ago and no change. The computer still went through the constant changing from screensaver to desktop to screensaver and back to desktop.


Then my guess would be either something in scheduled tasks (or a program set to run in the background) or malware. Clearly just a guess, but I'm not sure what else it could be.

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 04:33 PM

I don't have any scheduled tasks set up.

There is a possibility it could be a program set to run in the background but I doubt it. I didn't change anything, no new programs installed, no new hardware.

I've scanned for malware and viruses and nothing was found.

Since this is annoying and I can't figure out what's going on I'll cut to the chase and do a clean install of Win 7 in the not to distant future. I don't like to spend a boatload of time dealing with issues so a reinstall of the OS would be quicker and a better use of my time.

Hopefully an OS reinstall will resolve the issue.

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 04:15 PM

Perhaps this may help: Lastwake Command http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/122012-lastwake-command.html?filter

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 12:40 PM

Lastwake Command shows only this when I use it:

C:\Users\Evie>powercfg lastwake
Wake History Count - 1
Wake History [0]
Wake Source Count - 1
Wake Source [0]
Type: Device
Instance Path: USB\ROOT_HUB\4&34aece3e&0
Friendly Name:
Description: USB Root Hub
Manufacturer: (Standard USB Host Controller)




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