Okay, please bear with me. This is going to be a detailed explanation of what happens, because it's easier to describe it than try to summarize it.
I have read through 11 or 12 pages of posts on screensavers, and have not seen my particular problem described, so here goes:
I have a third-party screensaver (not originally loaded, but rather downloaded from a website) called "3D Solar System" (which can be found here for details)
When I first installed this screensaver (because someone left out the starfield one from W7) it worked perfectly. Came on when the computer was idle for the length of time I set it to be, every time. I could come back to the computer, and wiggle the mouse or touch the keyboard, and poof! it would go off, and the screen would come up. And then the screensaver would come back on its own, after that set length of time.
Not too long ago, I discovered suddenly that it had, apparently, stopped working properly. It simply would not start when I left the computer and came back after a length of time. Upon looking at the task manager, I discovered it appears to be running in the background, and when I would stop the process, it would come on as before, when the computer was idle for the set length of time. (Originally set for 6 minutes). It isn't working like it is supposed to.
I have reset the length of time in one minute increments from 1 minute up to 50 minutes (took me a couple of weeks) and the screensaver program will only come on when it isn't running in the task manager. In other words, I have to open the task manager, and stop the process manually before it will come back on automatically.
I will say at this point, that I do not know enough about computers to have any clue, any idea, or any knowledge of what I might do to try to fix this. I went so far as to email the author of the program, from whom I have never had a response. I even did a WHOIS to find an alternate email address, also without ever getting any response. The only thing I could think of to try was to uninstall it, do a registry repair and a defragmentation of the hard drive with Glary Utilities, reboot the computer, and reinstall the screensaver from a fresh download. No changes. The results are still the same. That means to me that there is something either in the screensaver, or the operating system that is different, preventing the screensaver from stopping when the computer becomes active, and forcing it to keep running in the background, until it is manually stopped through the task manager. I have absolutely no idea what to do, how to find a fix, or how to even start looking for a fix.
Can someone with some knowledge of Win7, and screensavers please try to walk me through solving this problem? It's as if the screensaver forgot how to tell itself to turn off, so that it can start again when the computer goes idle. A good deal of patience will be necessary, and every step in the process will need to be explained. (Try remembering what you were like when you knew nothing, and everyone talked to you as if you already knew what to do to solve things, and that's where I am. )
I'm sort of frustrated by this, because it's now getting tedious to have to stop the process every time I get up from the computer, just to have the dang screensaver come on when I leave it for a while.
Edited by hamluis, 28 July 2015 - 02:20 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to All Other Apps - Hamluis.