Connect wireless mouse/ desktop using the PS/2 connector
I hope by now you have solved your problem. I just got a new computer made by a computer shop with Windows XP Pro SP-2 and had the same problem, as do many people. I had been searching the web for solutions and finally came up with two. For me it had to do with my Microsoft Wireless Desktop set, and more specifically I think it's primarily the USB connection for the mouse. Do not connect the the desktop set/mouse to the USB port. Instead, use the PS/2 connections. I will quote the Getting Started pamphlet for Microsoft Wireless Desktop Sets. Your mouse should have come with an USB-to-PS/2 adapter as described below. Be sure to follow their directions:
"1. Shut down and turn off the computer. 2. Plug the purple PS/2 connector into the computer's round PS/2 keyboard port. 3. Plug the USB connector into the green USB-to-PS/2 adapter, and then plug the adapter into the computer's round PS/2 mouse port." Bingo! My screensaver started working. I did have some problems later after loading a DVD. I saw the solutions that disabled the DVDlauncher, but didn't see the same terminology in the startup selections for my computer. I suspect it has something to do with the video card but will have to research more. Right now, I just have to restart the screen saver as though it's the first time, and it starts working again. The other solution which others have eluded to, involves disabling the DVDlauncher. Here is the link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/911895/en-us, that describes how to do that. Perhaps this posting will help others, because it is extremely frustrating not to have the screen saver going after having it in earlier Windows operating systems.
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