Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Screen Saver not working after installing MS wireless pointing device

Cause: This behavior may occur because of a startup program that is installed with the CyberLink PowerDVD software or the CyberLink PowerCinema software. The PCMService.exe program starts when the computer starts and interaction at some level between this and the Wireless reciever prevents the computer from becoming idle. Therefore, the screen saver and the other idle-related features do not start.

Additionally, this issue may occur if the PCM and DVDLauncher services are running in the background. The PCM service is part of the Dell operating system that is used to start media programs faster. The DVDLauncher is a program that is used for DVD playback. This issue also occurs in Windows Vista premium and in Windows Vista Ultimate because of the media center functionality that is built in

Symptoms: When you use a Microsoft wireless pointing device that uses Microsoft IntelliPoint software on a Windows Vista-based computer, you may notice that the screen saver of the computer does not work even though it is configured to run.

Solution: SUMMARY

This article describes how to resolve problem with screen saver of the computer, which does not work even though it is configured to run problem on Vista-based computer.


To resolve this issue, plug in a wireless receiver, and then check for Microsoft Update. Install the Optional Hardware Update that is named Microsoft HID Non-User Input Data Filter.


To work around this behavior, use one of the following methods:

Method 1: Turn off the PCMService.exe program

1.Open System Configuration. To do this in Microsoft Windows XP, click Start, click Run, type msconfig, and then click OK.
2.To open System Configuration in Windows Vista, click Start, type System Configuration in the Start Search box, and then click System Configuration in the Programs list. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
3.On the Startup tab, click to clear the PCMService startup item check box.
4.Click Apply, and then click Close.
5.When you are prompted to restart the computer, click Restart.

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