Windows 10: No Idle screensaver, display power off, Sleep with USB Joystick/game controller attached

Discus and support No Idle screensaver, display power off, Sleep with USB Joystick/game controller attached in Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance to solve the problem; Symptoms: When you have some USB Joysticks/Game Controller attached a screensaver, display power off or sleep mode will not occur at the appropriately... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance' started by G Lomax, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. G Lomax Win User

    No Idle screensaver, display power off, Sleep with USB Joystick/game controller attached


    Symptoms:

    When you have some USB Joysticks/Game Controller attached a screensaver, display power off or sleep mode will not occur at the appropriately set time out intervals.


    Cause:

    Noise from the controller is seen as human activity so an idle event is not triggered.


    Solutions:

    Other than replacing the controller with one that has better filtering for noise or more precise sensors disable wake-up for the device.


    Open device manager under HID-compliant game controller Properties uncheck "allow this device to wake the computer" in the Power Management tab and click OK.


    If this doesn't work open a command window as Administrator and type:

    powercfg /devicequery wake_programmable


    You should see something listed like:

    "HID-compliant game controller 001"


    Then type:

    powercfg /devicedisablewake "HID-compliant game controller 001"


    To re-enable type:
    powercfg /deviceenablewake "HID-compliant game controller 001"


    Discussion:

    The powercfg command seems to set the same registry entries as the Device Manager Properties but for some reason changing this in Device Manager sometimes does not take hold.


    The problem is probably more prevalent with budget controllers as costs are keep down by skimping on the noise filtering. Whether Microsoft should add settings to adjust the sensitivity of the controller is debatable. Most likely it would cause more trouble than it fixes.

    :)
     
    G Lomax, Jul 28, 2020
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  2. Neil_V Win User

    Screensaver and Sleep Mode not Working with Game Controllers Connected

    Method 1

    I don't have an option to "Improve power usage". I clicked power and the power trouble shooter started, it indicated that I had screen saver enabled and it thought it was a problem, I am a bit
    confused by this. I also ran the trouble shooter with the game controllers connected - same result.

    Method 2

    "powercfg –restoredefaultschemes" is not a valid command so I couldn't complete this step. I used powercfg /list, I have Balanced, High Performance and Power Saver, it is set to Balanced.

    Method 3

    Made a new power plan. As before power plan works when joysticks are disconnected
    does not work when joysticks are connected.

    Method 4

    I'll work on this but but am mystified as to how video drivers are effecting how my joysticks prevent my computer from going to sleep. When my joysticks are disconnected the same video drivers allow my computer to go to sleep.

    You wrote this "This issue might also occur due to outdated display driver
    or some other devices are responsible to keep it awake." Just a thought maybe the other devices are the joysticks and this is where I need help.

    Edit:

    Just installed the latest nvidia video drivers (355.60) - no change system will go to sleep when joysticks are disconnected
    will not sleep with joysticks connected.
     
    Neil_V, Jul 28, 2020
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  3. FlyWobin Win User
    Windows 10 - USB Joystick prevents display from powering off

    When I have either of my USB joysticks connected to my system, the computer will not switch off the displays after a defined period of inactivity (it is ignoring the settings in Settings / System / Power & Sleep/ Screen). If I remove both of my joysticks,
    then the behaviors are as expected (the screen will; switch off).

    This was not an issue with the same hardware in Windows 8 / 8.1 - issue only arose after the Win 10 upgrade

    Any workarounds to this? Is it a defect?

    Joysticks are a CH Products Fightersick USB and CH Products USB Rudder Pedals.

    Thanks for any insights,
     
    FlyWobin, Jul 28, 2020
    #3
  4. No Idle screensaver, display power off, Sleep with USB Joystick/game controller attached

    No screensaver with joystick plugged in workround?

    I quickly found out the reason why the screensaver never activates on my factory new W10 PC is because I've got a (very old and basic) joystick plugged into it via a USB port.

    I was astonished to discover people have been complaining about this for years with apparently no solution I could find.

    The way the USB ports on my PC are configured, it's a real pain to have to unplug the joystick each time. And I like looking at my screensaver photos when the PC has been idle for a few minutes. So:-

    1. Is there now a solution or relatively straight forward workround I missed?

    2. In Settings>Devices, if you highlight the joystick, there's a box saying "Remove Device". If I click that, does it in effect toggle the joystick on and off such that, if it's off, it will re-enable the screeensaver? And more importantly, such that I
    could toggle it back on when required and avoid all the hassle of having to physically plug in and unplug the joystick all the time?

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

    Neil
     
    neilking84, Jul 28, 2020
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