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After inactivity for few minutes the screen goes blank

I did a clean install of all programs after wiping the drive clean and creating a new partition on the drive. After the machine is idle for a few minutes the screen goes blank (blue color). user hits space bar or moves mouse the screen comes to log in. user logs in and the screen goes back to blue. no other activity. if you touch the power button the computer restarts immediately. The power options are set for 'never' on everything and hibernation is off. I did get the system battery is low prompt at one time but have not seen it in a while.

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  • steve851 Mar 06, 2009

    On resume, password protect is unchecked.

  • steve851 Mar 06, 2009

    OS is windows XP pro I used the disc that comes with a Dell direct purchase. SP2

  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    If this is a desktop, you should not be seeing anything related to a laptop's battery and power. Can you provide information about the disc you used to install your OS?



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What about the screen saver

Posted on Mar 06, 2009

  • Anonymous Mar 06, 2009

    You might have installed Tweak that you can access in the control panel. Check that for Automatic login. That might be the issue



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