7.16.5 screen saver goes blank after working for a while

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Message 97642 - Posted: 14 Apr 2020, 20:59:03 UTC

At first noticed seti was saying "no tasks running" and realized they had stopped sending. So added science united and "no tasks" for other projects like einstein, rosetta, etc... But these were producing notices that i soon realized were having storage issues (i was on C:drive running 7.14.2) so I uninstalled and re-installed 7.14.2 after moving boinc dir to the E:drive. Then tasks started running again for these other project (PS: i suspended seti for the time being but noticed resource share still had a percentage dedicated to it?). But the boinc screen saver kept saying no tasks running - computing suspended while computer not in use (odd msg) & after a while just hour glassing a win10 circular animation. Then i noticed an upgrade avail and figured to try it - (was already running virtual box with 7.14.2) - so upgraded to 7.16.5 w/vir-box. Now the screen saver actually shows some project animations (mostly rosetta & einstein) but after a while (10-15 mins or so), after transition to boinc status page, it returns to a blank page and just stays that way for the rest of the entire time screen saver is on - not even the hour glass animation anymore. I suspect whatever underlying issue was causing this in 14.2 is also still present in 16.5. Have no use set to 11 mins and screen saver set to 12 mins. Has anyone seen this issue too, before or can help?
win10 1909 lenovo h50-50 Have been running seti with no screen saver issue for long time until it stopped recently.
saver sets = blank never, run boinc 1 min, run project 5 min, switch project 1 min. Never changed settings for years and seti screen always worked fine (didn't run other projects until seti stopped and tried to add others). TIA
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Message 97648 - Posted: 14 Apr 2020, 22:04:26 UTC - in response to Message 97642.  
Last modified: 14 Apr 2020, 22:07:32 UTC

Not BOINC, but a Windows thing.

First off, check the time out for your screen in Power & Sleep Settings. Then further, I found this, you may try that as well:
The setting to fix this is "System unattended sleep timeout" in advanced power settings. (Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\Edit Plan Settings > change advanced power settings).

However this setting is hidden because Microsoft wants waste our time and make our lives miserable.

To un-hide it, you need to change a registry attribute value data from 1 to 2 at the following registry path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > Power > PowerSettings > 238C9FA8-0AAD-41ED-83F4-97BE242C8F20 > 7bc4a2f9-d8fc-4469-b07b-33eb785aaca0

Full instructions:

  • windows key + R
  • type regedit and hit enter
  • click Yes if asked
  • on registry editor - ctrl+F
  • search for 7bc4a2f9-d8fc-4469-b07b-33eb785aaca0
  • wait, can take a while to find
  • when found, double click attributes on the right pane
  • change value data to 2
  • hit ok, close registry editor.
  • Right click the start button > power options > Additional power settings > Change Plan Settings > change advanced power settings
  • expand Sleep
  • expand System unattended sleep timeout
  • change both values to zero for never or set your preferred value.

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