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Screen Saver does not work with fresh install on Dell D600

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:56 am
by mschilling
The screen will go blank so the display dimming works ok, but those great vintage style screen savers refuse to come up. I have it set to random and have tried different combos of times etc., and always just get a blank screen. I know it works, but how to give it a kick?

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:16 pm
by newW2
What is your power management setting? Make sure it put computer to sleep when inactive is set to NEVER.

Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 9:38 pm
by mschilling
Yes, the sleep when inactive was set at never in both battery and ac modes. Still not working yet.

I read the help file along with power management and noticed that I am missing the power consumption settings. My Dell has an M processor so it should be adjustable. Also I noticed the Statistics app that shows battery power on a graph. I don't see that in my power mgmt pref pane. Is there another place to find it?

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2007 9:20 pm
by mschilling
I tried changing the setting: sleep when inactive, from never to 1 hour just as an experiment. The screen saver started working! Also, interestingly enough, when I let the system sit for an hour, it went to sleep as it should. But then, when I hit the button to wake it up, I was not asked for the password! Previously, I had tried to make that happen with the manual sleep routine, avoiding entering the password every time I woke it up. Has anybody noticed this behavior on their laptop?