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Screen freezes in XPPro after inactivity

By SDZE ·
Never while I'm actively using the computer, but always after a period of inactivity (? an hour), the screen/computer locks up, and I can't use the mouse, keyboard, ctrl-alt-del, etc. to get out of it. I must hit the restart button. Doesn't matter which user I'm logged in as, or even if it's still sitting at the login screen. Running XP Pro on a Via EPIA-M Mini-ITX Mainboard. I've set the prefs so the monitor, hard drive, and computer never sleep or standby. I'm using an 802.11g USB network adapter, but that seems to be working fine. Please help!

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Screen freezes in XPPro a ...

Check the Scheduled Tasks (click Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Scheduled Tasks) to see if there is a saved Task that kicks off after an hour of inactivity.
This job might be doing something really intensive, like running a Defrag.
My IBM Thinkpad laptop (running XP Pro) came with a Tasks to do this very thing after 10 minutes of inactivity. Needless to say, I got rid of that!
Anyway, Scheduled TAsks can be set to run after a set period of inactivity. So, check it out.
hope this helps

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by niseys In reply to Screen freezes in XPPro a ...

Your BIOS may have a setting to shut things down under the power setting location. You could try disabling the power setting in the BIOS which may help.

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by Isupport In reply to Screen freezes in XPPro a ...

One of the possibility for it is due to power management. I will sugest you to change the settings or disable power managemnt. I have got steps for Windows 2000, I will suggest you to follow them for Windows Xp. I will suggets you to refer to the link given below.

http://support.earthlink.net/mu/1/psc/img/walkthroughs/broadband/DSL/win/5498.psc.html

Please refer to the Windows Xp power management also.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/columns/russel/02march25.asp

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