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Persona Nov 15, 2015 @ 12:13pm
In-Game 'idle monitor' Black screen.
Hey guys, I have a really odd problem with the game, I can run it fine but the thing is that if I leave it idle and go get something to drink for example, the screen goes black and I cannot wake my monitor, also if I just leave everything and sit in front of my pc runnig the game, the screen will freeze and the 'windows' cursor will comme on and I have to press ALT+Tab to get back into game. I've tried to disable the 'sleep' mode within monitor but cannot, monitor is an AW2310 Alienware. I have latest drivers installed as well! Anyone have simillar problem?
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MistahPro Nov 16, 2015 @ 8:28am 
I have a similar problem when my monitor goes to sleep and I cannot use it at all until I restart my comp, after I was able to see the error after switching main displays I got a error saying my graphics card is not a removable device and cannot be ejected. please let me know if you find anything that helps with your issue I'm at a complete loss :/
Scabadus Nov 16, 2015 @ 8:56am 
It sounds like something is crashing behind the game. Try running the game in a window then leaving it for a while (the same way you do to make the cursor appear and have to alt-tab back into the game). With a bit of luck, the windowed game will allow you to see any error messages that appear on your desktop.

If it doesn't crash when running windowed (it may be something specific to the game runnign fullscreen) try plugging in a second monitor and running fullscreen or boarderless windowed mode. Once it crashes, clicking on the second monitor should shake your computer awake and let you see the task bar, which will let you see any error messages.
Persona Nov 16, 2015 @ 9:14am 
Wow so very odd...I was somehow able to get back to the deskptop after the black screen and there was a screen saying "Fallout 4 using 95% of 8 gigs of ram, cannot turn off any more programs, close Fallout 4?" Even the theme was disabled to basic in the bakcground.
Windy Nov 29, 2015 @ 5:13am 
Originally posted by MistahPro:
I have a similar problem when my monitor goes to sleep and I cannot use it at all until I restart my comp, after I was able to see the error after switching main displays I got a error saying my graphics card is not a removable device and cannot be ejected. please let me know if you find anything that helps with your issue I'm at a complete loss :/
Same problem here pls send help.
carlydunham Nov 29, 2015 @ 5:14am 
Originally posted by Windy🎃:
Originally posted by MistahPro:
I have a similar problem when my monitor goes to sleep and I cannot use it at all until I restart my comp, after I was able to see the error after switching main displays I got a error saying my graphics card is not a removable device and cannot be ejected. please let me know if you find anything that helps with your issue I'm at a complete loss :/
Same problem here pls send help.
ok i will reach into your pc by magic and fix it hows that?
Peen Nov 29, 2015 @ 5:16am 
Originally posted by carlydunham:
Originally posted by Windy🎃:
Same problem here pls send help.
ok i will reach into your pc by magic and fix it hows that?
Doesn't seem like you're helping anyone with your snarky comments, pal. :robot:
I_R0M_I Nov 29, 2015 @ 5:24am 
Ive just started getting this issue today.

Ive regularly left the game in the pause menu, for hours, come back, woke pc, and its fine.
Today, I havent timed it, but even a short break causes the computer to crash. It cant resume, monitor wont wake, CTRL ALT DEL doesnt work, have to hard reset.

The only thing Ive changed today, is I updated my AMD driver to the latest one.
Im on Win 7 x64, and never had issues before that.
Windy Nov 30, 2015 @ 11:16pm 
Anyone got a fix yet? I feel like theres only like 10 people in the world who have this problem and I dunno where else to look tbh.
I_R0M_I Dec 3, 2015 @ 9:51am 
Ive turned off ULPS, i forgot when you update drivers, it turns it back on.
Ive been ok so far
Mine now does the same. I've checked to be sure that my power saving settings aren't the issue, and they aren't. They've been set to not turn off the display, ever. Every time I pause the game, within 2 minutes, it black screens. I am able to "wake" the game and continue playing. However, it is a huge inconvenience and it's not how the game should be acting. Has anyone solved this issue?

PS - using Nvidia GTX 970, intel i5...
Last edited by EqualOpportunityNerddom-Twitch; Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:20am
i had similar thing in Skyrim when i was running in borderless windowed
i fixed it by disabling options in windows that made my PC go to sleep / turn off disks and monitor after couple minutes of idle

i disabled all of that ♥♥♥♥
and had no more problems
it might be same thing with FO4
MaxxPaul Dec 30, 2015 @ 12:01pm 
I have the same problem, on windows 10x64, 8GB ram, Radeon R9 390, maximum graphics settings. The same as described by others, the only fix I had was to hard reset the pc, because alt-tab doesn't switch back to desktop.
But I think I found a solution for not having to hard reset the computer. The thing is, the screen is black allright but the windows is not really frozen/unresponsive. It seems only Fallout 4 is frozen. So if pressing blindly and repeatedly ALT-F4 and ALT-TAB, I managed to close the game and have access to desktop . All my shorcuts arranged on the right side of the screen are moved one or two positions to the left, like windows would have wrongly applied a lower width resolution (from the game, to the desktop? doesn't make sens, I run desktop resolution ingame) - like it happens with some older / improperly coded games when freezing and switching back to windows only to see the game's resolution applied to windows itslef. The lower width of the area of the desktop where my incons are after this, is like a reduced "viewport" on desktop and seems to have the same shape as another error I saw in Fallout 4: sometimes after repeatedly alt-tabbing and playing a longer time, the game would become corrupt, and the escape menu is displayed distorted -with lower width size, approximately 90% of the normal/total width (so the image is "squeezed" 90% horizontally - but only in the escape menu, not in game) - the last 10% on the right is a filled with the regular type of blurred background with normal H/W ratio).
Also I had the error message regarding RAM, but I had my virtual memory disabled. Now, just to be sure, I made a 12GB swapfile.sys (lost one day to defrag my HDD, to achieve a continuous file) and the error never appeared.
Another problems I have sometimes is with missing pip-boy screen or missing hud - usually this appears when also distored to 90% width escape menu is acting up. In those moments also the mouse is acting slow in the menu (keyboard is still fine), indicating an imminent total game freeze is coming (had it once) so I quickly save and exit the game. The after restart it works fine.
Last edited by MaxxPaul; Dec 30, 2015 @ 12:06pm
Papyrcat Sep 21, 2016 @ 3:01am 
I'm having this problem too, running a 390 and i5-3570k. If I ever pause the game and leave for an extended amount of time and come back, it'll be locked in a black screen
Relic62 Sep 21, 2016 @ 3:51am 
In the control panel under power settings select never for pc sleep and for turn off display mine is set at 15min but you can up this if u want.
Last edited by Relic62; Sep 21, 2016 @ 3:52am
CannonFodder Dec 30, 2016 @ 8:18pm 
This problem is really annoying. It's ridiculous to turn off sleep and turn off monitor for just one game (two if you have skyrim installed). I haven't noticed any problems with DA: Inquisition for instance. It's obvious a problem with Bethesda's lack of coding to disable sleep functionality while the program is active. Unfortunately until they add it, we're left using PowerCFG.


-REQUESTSOVERRIDE
Sets a Power Request override for a particular Process, Service,
or Driver. If no parameters are specified, this command displays
the current list of Power Request Overrides.
Usage: POWERCFG -REQUESTSOVERRIDE <CALLER_TYPE> <NAME> <REQUEST>
<CALLER_TYPE> Specifies one of the following caller type:
PROCESS, SERVICE, DRIVER. This is obtained by
calling the POWERCFG -REQUESTS command.
<NAME> Specifies the caller name. This is the name
returned from calling POWERCFG -REQUESTS command.
<REQUEST> Specifies one or more of the following Power
Request Types: Display, System, Awaymode.
Example:
POWERCFG -REQUESTSOVERRIDE PROCESS fallout.exe Display System
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Date Posted: Nov 15, 2015 @ 12:13pm
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