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Why does the screen saver activate while playing games?

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Screen saver activates while playing games with a joystick or game pad.

This symptom is due to the specifications of Windows XP. To resolve this symptom, please turn off the screen saver while playing games with the steps below.
1. Click Start, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click Appearance and Themes and click Display.

3. Click Screen Saver and select None from the pull-down menu

4. Click OK.

For more information, please refer to the following solution in Microsoft's technical support website.
Article ID: Q304852
Last Reviewed: November 10, 2001
Title: Screen Saver Appears While you are using a Joystick to Play a Game

For more information on how to enable or disable a screen saver in Windows® XP, please refer to the Automated Tutorial.