Screen Saver Not Working Because... But Why?

  1. RadCazz's Avatar
    Posts : 41
    Windows 10 Pro

    Screen Saver Not Working Because... But Why?

    Win 10, latest build

    Okay so my screen saver suddenly stopped kicking in. Neither would my monitor shut off according to the power plan. I searched Google (aka Skynet) and found a cr*p load of "solutions." None of them worked.

    One day I disconnected my Retro Power Sega Genesis game pad and then, suddenly, to my surprise, my screen saver started!

    But, being a curious sort, why did disconnecting this particular game pad initiate the timer countdown? I've had Xbox One and PS4 controllers always connected via USB and never encountered a screen saver failure.

    Is there any way I can keep my controller plugged in?

    I do have Nvidia Shadow Play, but in settings, I keep it switched off, if this helps.

    Thank you.
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 24,460
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 2004

    Hi RazCazz

    With controller plugged in and operational if you run

    powercfg /requests ------ (need to use command prompt (admin) or powershell(admin)

    is it listed under Display?

    A simpler method maybe to to enter device manager, find controller, right click, click properties and see if there is a Power Management tab. If so, remove the check mark from the option "Allow this device to wake computer" if listed.

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