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11-27-2008 09:03 PM
I've found an issue with the Vista Photos screensaver. I have set as default to use images in the pictures folder. I have roughly 700 images in two separate directories in the pictures folder. The photos screensaver displays all the images just fine but, it won't allow my display to turn off at time specified in power settings. I have the screensaver set to turn on at 5 minutes of inactivity. If I have the Vista power settings set to "Turn off the display" after say 10 minutes or longer, it is ignored. The monitor continues to stay on and display the screensaver and never turns off. I tested with the different Photos themes, shuffle on and off and different speeds for that screensaver and same issue. I found a couple of forum threads on other sites from a few months ago that show some other people describing same issue. It appeared it had something to do with having more than 50 images in the pictures folders. So, what I did was test that and I could duplicate that scenario. I think it really does have to do with the amount of images in the pictures folder and subfolders: 51 images or more - Display will never turn off at specified amount of time 50 images or less - Display will turn off at specified amount of time Any of the other Vista screensavers do not prevent the display from turning off. It's only the Photos screensaver. There is nothing in the Microsoft support site that mentions this as an issue. Anyone run across this or knows how to fix photo screensaver going into sleep mode?
11-30-2008 11:11 AM
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12-01-2008 09:19 AM
12-22-2008 09:07 AM
We are having the same issue with our computer. We thought it was an issue straight with Dell b/c our HP laptop did shut down. But I only put a few pictures on the laptop to try it out. The desktop was well over 50 pictures.
We used this screen saver all of the time on Windows XP and it did not matter how many photos there were, the display would shut off.
If you have found any solution to your problem, please let us know. We have been on the phone with Dell thinking it was something they had wrong.
If we run the screen saver after 1 minute and then turn off display after 2, everything works fine. Like you said it is only after longer amounts of time. I did try turn off display after 5 minutes and that did not work.
12-22-2008 09:18 AM
XP was able to do so I think the wonderful people at Microsoft should be able to get it right for Vista... it is what THEY get paid to do.