Well, after further testing last night I think I know what is happening but
I have no idea how to fix it. When using the "Photos" screensaver in Vista,
it displays 50 pictures and then does some kind of 'reset' that makes the
monitor think user input has occurred, thus preventing the monitor from
turning off like you expect. This 'reset' is visibly noticeable because
after the 50th picture has been displayed, it fades away slowly to a black
screen, pauses a moment, and then continues displaying the next 50 pictures
seamlessly with no breaks. This pattern continues in the same manner
indefinitely. This bug only seems to happen when using the "Photos"
Now, the Photos screensaver lets you choose between 3 speeds - Slow, Medium,
and Fast, and the speeds take 7, 5, and 3 minutes respectively to reach 50
pictures and do the reset. SO, if you're using the Slow speed and configure
your monitor to turn off after 5 minutes or less, it will turn off as
expected. But if you configure your monitor to turn off after 10 minutes or
more, it will not work - the monitor will stay on all day because the
'reset' happens every 7 minutes. I like to have the screensaver start after
2 minutes and the monitor turn off after 30 minutes. This worked fine in XP
but not in Vista for the reasons pointed out above.
So here's the big question: Anyone know how to prevent the 'reset' from
happening after every 50 pictures are displayed in the "Photos" screensaver?
"D.P. Roberts" <dproberts@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>I recently got a new computer running Windows Vista and everything is
>working great except the monitor won't turn off automatically like it
>should. My Screen Saver starts fine after 3 minutes of inactivity - I'm
>using the built-in My Pictures Slideshow that shows personal pictures &
>video clips. But the monitor never turns off even though I have it
>configured to auto-power off after 30 minutes of inactivity - it just stays
>on all day running my screen saver. If I change the screen saver to a
>different one the monitor turns off after 30 minutes like it should. The
>problem seems limited to the My Pictures Slideshow screen saver. This is
>troubling because this same configuration worked fine with Windows XP (the
>only difference was that XP's My Pictures Slideshow did not include
>videos - it only showed pictures). Is this just a bug in Vista or is there
>something I can do to resolve the problem?
> Thanks for any suggestions out there!