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When you use the Photos screen saver in Windows Vista, the computer does not automatically go to sleep. You expect the computer to go to sleep when it reaches the idle time-out.
This problem occurs because the Photos screen saver uses the slide show component of Windows Vista. Even though the Photos screen saver does not play audio, the slide show component opens an audio channel. When the audio channel is active, the computer behaves as if it is not idle.
To work around this problem, set the idle time-out to a value that is lower than the value of the Photos screen saver time-out. If this method does not work around the problem, use a screen saver other than the Photos screen saver.
To set the idle time-out, follow these steps:
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For help with power consumption and battery life problems in Windows Vista, visit the following Microsoft Web page:
Fix problems in which power consumption is more than expected or the battery life is short
Article ID: 939617 - Last Review: July 25, 2007 - Revision: 1.2