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Carpentersville, IL
reply to Mele20

Re: [WIN8] Screen saver photos, photo gallery?

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said by Mele20:

Thank you so much for testing this! :)

Not a problem! :) I actually enjoy helping people out with their issues. Since I'm unemployed, it gives me something to do during the day. Not to mention, I look at it like a challenge...it works for me, so there has to be a reason why its not working for you. Its just a matter of getting the right setting or finding the item that is "broke".

said by Mele20:

Does this make sense to you?

"" set the idle time-out to a value that is lower than the value of the Photos Gallery screen saver time-out""

That is what a Microsoft engineer said to do. I don't understand what he said. He pointed me to two sets of FAQ to learn what he meant...but I had already read them (one for Power Options and the other for Screen Savers) and there is nothing in them about "idle time out values" much less something about what he said that reads as gobblydegook to me.

That does not make any sense to me. If you set the idle time-out value to be lower then your screen saver time-out value, you will never see your screen saver, as the monitor would go to sleep first. I would think you would want it the other way around (as you and I both have it set), so that your screen saver (whatever one you select), runs first, and THEN your monitor goes to sleep. I don't understand why Microsoft would have said that to you.

For reference, I have run this command to disable hibernation on my desktop.
powercfg.exe /hibernate off

In doing that, I'm not able to set the option for "Fast Startup" as shown in Pic #1 above. I mention this in case other options are removed that you may have set that I don't have available to me, in the event one of them could be causing your issue. I don't think so, but I did want to make a note of that just in case.

Below is the full set of options and my values from the Advanced Power Settings Screen. I've listed every item and what value I currently have them set to. For reference, you set these on the screen shown in Pic #2.

Balanced --> Require a password on wakeup Setting: Yes

Hard Disk --> Turn off hard disk after Setting: Never

Internet Explorer --> JavaScript Timer Frequency Setting: Maximum Performance

Desktop background settings --> Slide show Setting: Available

Wireless Adapter Settings --> Power Saving Mode Setting: Maximum Performance

Sleep --> Sleep after Setting: Never
Sleep --> Allow wake timers Setting: Enable

USB settings --> USB selective suspend setting: Enabled

Power buttons and lid --> Power button action Setting: Shut Down
Power buttons and lid --> Sleep button action Setting: Sleep

PCI Express --> Link State Power Management Setting: Moderate power savings

Processor power management --> Minimum processor state Setting: 5%
Processor power management --> System cooling policy Setting: Active
Processor power management --> Maximum processor state Setting: 100%

Display --> Turn off display after Setting: 5 Minutes
Display --> Enable adaptive brightness Setting: Off

Multimedia settings --> When sharing media Setting: Prevent idling to sleep
Multimedia settings --> When playing video Setting: Optimize video quality

I've added a few pictures just to verify my settings
Pic #3 shows my screen saver settings.
Pic #4 shows the detailed Photos Screen Saver Settings
Pic #5 shows my power options screen, which shows the plan that I am using (balanced)
Pic #6 shows the settings for the balanced plan.

said by Mele20:

I have not set the turn off time to longer because the choices are arbitrary. In XP I could set it to 6 minutes, 7 minutes, etc., as far as I recall,( but I I have used 5minutes for many years so I could be wrong about thinking I recall being able to choose a value between 5 and 10 minutes). In Windows 8 it goes from 5 minutes to 10 minutes as the next choice and that is too long.

In regards to this, you can set the time value to be whatever you want, outside of the list that is shown. If you look at Pic #7, you can see the options that I can select from the drop down.

However, if you actually go into the advanced options, and then go to the setting
Display --> Turn off display after Setting:
You can put in any value you want for minutes.

If you look at Pic #8, I entered in a value of 8, which would be 8 minutes. Again, looking at Pic #7, that is not an option in the list, as it goes from 5 to 10 minutes.

If I do that, and save my changes, and then go back to the Edit Plan screen, and refresh it, you will see that I now have 8 minutes as my "Turn off the Display" value, as shown in Pic #9.

said by Mele20:

I'm wondering if this problem could be due to my video card (nVidia 660 GTX) or maybe this specific monitor (I don't have another one to hook up and test unfortunately). It is quite old...a Dell Ultrasharp 1901 LCD that will be 10 years old end of this coming October.

My video card is an nVidia GeForce GT220. It is currently running the latest driver, which is 310.90 WHQL, released on 01-05-2013.

I did go to nVidia's webpage (»www.nvidia.com/Download/index.as ··· ng=en-us) and put in your video card information, as shown in Pic #10. Doing that results in the same driver and version as I'm running for my card, as shown in Pic #11.

If you are not running that driver version, you may want to update to that one. By the way, I will point out that if you actually look in Device Manager, and go look at your video driver, the information there won't match 310.90 or have a date of 01-05-2013. To show you what I'm talking about, I've included a picture of mine (Pic #12). Even though I am running the 310.90 version from nVidia, the driver version shows up as, with a date of 12/29/2012. Just wanted to point that out.

Finally, my monitor is a ViewSonic. Model # is VS13818 (VA2248M-LED). It is a 22 inch widescreen LCD, and was purchased in October of 2011 from Tigerdirect.com. In regards to this, I know that I installed some kind of "Update" for it from Windows Update. The details of that are shown in Pic #13. Not sure if there is something similar for your monitor, but you may want to look at the optional items from Windows Update and see if you see anything like that.

So, if you are running the latest video driver version, and you installed any kind of update for your monitor (if one did exist), and all your settings match mine, and it still does not work....them I'm at a loss! :(.

Few more things....Is there any kind of settings on your monitor itself that have to do with power options?

You may also want to check the BIOS settings too..not sure what may be in there, but maybe something is over-writing a setting in Windows with a setting in your BIOS.

Let me know what you find out after reading this later. I'll also think about this today too, and see if there is anything else that I can come up with.


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