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Black screen after going idle?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 Professional (x64)

    Black screen after going idle?


    I am using Windows 8.1, but I remember having this issue in Windows 8 too. I just can't remember what I did to fix it.

    So for example, if I lock my computer and walk away for like two minutes, my monitors are black until I move the mouse or something. I can assure you that my computer isn't going to sleep after two minutes, and I have my screensaver set to activate after 15 minutes.

    Can someone tell me what this issue is?

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Check Power Options in Control Panel.

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  3. #3


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 Professional (x64)


    It's set for an hour, so that's not the issue.

    Thanks for your reply though.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 Professional (x64)


    Can anyone help me with this? I'm sure I'm not the only person experiencing this... All you have to do is install Windows 8.1 and walk away from your computer and the problem is there.

    I swear I thought I remember seeing this issue in Windows 8 as well.
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  5. #5


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    Windows 8 Professional (x64)


    Fixed it. For anyone who's also having this problem, here's the solution: Lock Screen Timeout Period - Change in Windows 8
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  6. #6


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Glad you got it sorted out.
    Posting the fix will help others with laptops.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 Professional (x64)


    Thanks!
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Black screen after going idle?
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