Why does my power saver cause problems?

Question

When I leave my desktop running after a few hours (even with a screen saver or power saver) all the fonts on the desk top turn to what looks like bar codes. If I highlight something on the tool bar the English fonts turn into bar codes. It can be cleared up by restarting the computer. Only after it sets through the night ddoes this happen

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This question was answered on January 13, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I note by your profile, you are running Windows ME.

Recommendation is not to run Windows ME in standby or hibernate mode Both these modes cause a lot of problems I have seen use of hibernate and stand-by modes discouraged in most Microsoft Operating systems, and cannot particularly blame Microsoft Power Savers leave too much up to the hardware to accomplish, and just commonly don't seem to work.

Be sure screen-savers are carefully configured so they don't blank the screen immediately at start-up Uninstall any mouseware, or software that may have come with your monitor Use the options provided with Windows, instead.

If you insist on tracking down the specific problem, the following site lists about a hundred third-party issues

http://www.kayodeok.btinternet.co.uk/favorites/kbwinmethirdparty.htm

You can try searching through them, but the list is too extensive and possible causes too non-specific to explore here I'd bet simply turning your screen saver off, then turning the computer off before you retire for the night is the most practical course of action It saves electricity, as well as wear and tear on the hardware.

RG

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Posted by Robert of Mesa Community College on January 13, 2003