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Hi, go to start- Control panel- personalization. Click here and check if the screen saver is turned off. It is located on the lower right corner. Click on it to turn the screen saver back on. This is for windows 7.
If you are running XP go to Start- Control panel- Display. Click on the display icon and there is a tab that says screen saver. Click here and chose your screen saver.
Assuming you are using windows XP on this: Create a new folder in "my pictures " folder Copy the images you want to use into there On your desktop, RIGHT click and choose "properties" to open the display settings Click "Screen saver" and choose my pictures slideshow Click "settings" to open the options for this Click browse to point to where you saved the images Set the duration and timings to suit your tastes Exit by clicking Ok and the OK to exit the display settings
Check the power settings. Start/Control Panel/Power Options. There is a setting separate from the screen saver to turn off the screen in the Power Options control panel. DVD playback overrides the power options settings.
You can right click on any open area of the desktop to get display options. Find the screen saver tab and preview the screen savers until you find the one you lost. Once found apply it and click ok. Then go to start or windows icon in bottom left. Then select control panel wint he windows utility menu. Once there go to performance and maintenance. select power options and adjust acordingly. Good Luck
Since your laptop is Dell, I presume that you use Dell Media
Other people had the same problem too. Try disabling this program to check if
your screensaver is working.
Other programs that might conflict with the screensaver might be:
3. Power DVD
4. PCM service.
Otherwise there is a known bug:
Try updating (flashing) the BIOS with an updated version. This seems to
be a problem Dell was aware of an made available a "fix."
The problem sounds like it either has to be with the software, the battery, the modem, the video card or the screen - most likely culprit is the battery (or the charger).
The modem, video card and the screen when active are taking much more current than when inactive - (if you are still downloading things while the screensaver is on without a problem then the modem is not the issue)
This extra current drawn is pehaps not able to be coped with by the battery, even though it is able to run the basic operations.
If a new battery/charger doesn't solve the problem then the screen has to have a fault causing it to draw excessive current - first thought would be to get the connections that lead through the hinge to the monitor checked -they get damaged quite easily and there could be a short -
same applies to the video card although this is more likely to completely fail than to work partially.
Hope this helps :)