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BPak

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I have XP with SP2 running on computer with AMD processor. 800mhz
250mb ram

When I leave the computer idle for a period and then come back to it I find the Screensaver has stalled and the windows system has locked up.

I usually have internet explorer runnong on a web site which refreshes the page every minute. So I am not being dropped from internet.

Just whole computer locks up. And it appears to have something to do with the Screensaver running.

I turned the Screensaver off and now it appears to work OK.

Any advice please?
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Ztruker

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What screensaver? Is it one you added or did it come with XP? There are some problems with some video cards and 3D screen savers so try a different one.

Edited by Ztruker, 25 February 2008 - 10:50 PM.

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BPak

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It is the Stars screensaver called Starfield.

Standard with XP as far as I know.??
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Hi BPak,

I would not bother with a screen saver if I were you as it does not save anything as far as I know. Here is a quote below from researching on google.

They don't actually save anything on modern computer monitors. Older monitors would sometimes get "burn-in". A ghosting image from what was displayed for a long time. The screen savers kept the pixels "moving" so that burn-in didn't occur. Now screen savers are just for amusement or basic password protection if you set a password.


This is what I do to save my monitor which works well for me.

Right click on a free space on your desktop > properties > screensaver tab > select none > powertab > power schemes always on > turn off monitor after 5 minutes > turn off hard drive never > system standby never > apply > ok. You will find your desktop goes black when you are away saving power and the monitor.

Others may have other ideas they can post here.

kind regards,
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BPak

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Hi Ztruker,

The Video Card is NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400
Driver version: nv4_disp.dll
Driver: nv4_mini.sys

Probably this is the problem area. The Card would be 5 or 6 years old now and probably needs an update to the driver. Though I have been unable to find one for it.

Thanks for that info tallin and for sure I will give that a try.

Edited by BPak, 25 February 2008 - 11:44 PM.

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Here is your driver: http://www.versiontr...einfo/win/45683
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BPak

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Bronl,

thanks for the link to the NVidia updated driver.

It is working great!

BPak
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