As those of you who have been kindly helping me to recover my pc from a sorry state lately will be aware, I am without the use of that pc for the time being.
In the meantime, I have set up an older pc to use temporarily.
This one is a basically sound set-up, even though it is very old.
There is one problem with it and I am wondering if anything can be done about it.
If I leave the pc unattended for a period of time, it goes to the screensaver after about 5 minutes.
But if it gets left any longer than that, the monitor will eventually turn itself off (at least I think it does because it makes the turning off/ restarting noise) while the pc itself still seems to be active. The only way I can begin to use the computer again is if I cntrl / alt /del it, after which it will tell me that windows did not shut down properly last time, etc, and goes through scandisk.
This happens if I leave the computer unattended for perhaps 10 minutes or so.
Is there a setting somewhere that is telling the computer to shut the monitor down in this way? I have tried changing the length of time that the screensaver takes to activate, and that doesn't do anything. There is no other way of reactivating things apart from restarting - keyboard activity/ mouse activity has no effect. I am only assuming that Windows continues to run normally behind the inactive screen because cntrl/ alt / del works when I key it in, so it is obviously responding to keystrokes.
I have tried two different monitors too, so it is not a problem with the monitor.
If I am using the computer for an extended period of time, it is fine. It is only if I leave it for 10 minutes or so.
Many thanks, Samantha x (desperate to have at least one pc working normally!)