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Standby can scramble the screen on your computer if drivers or BIOS are out of date. Ultimately this is one of the reasons I have trained myself not to use Standby.
Recently, my screen either fails to awaken or when it does, it's scrambled until I can get the password in to wake up Windows 7. I wiggle the mouse, click the mouse and then enter my password blindly and then it comes back in most of the time after a few minutes. It should be noted that I cannot turn the monitor off as even the power button is not responsive. The video card is a relatively new GE Force 210. I removed a recent NVDIA, update and reinstalled original drivers to no avail. What else could this be?
In this excerpt from Answercast #73, I look at a case where a screen scrambles when coming back from Standby.
Well, unfortunately, standby can occasionally be somewhat destabilizing, particularly for video drivers.
I would certainly make sure that you have the latest video drivers for your specific video hardware.
As long as that login screen displays normally when you have not done standby (in other words, when you power up your machine or so forth) that implies that the screen resolution being used by that login screen is, in fact, appropriate and something that your card can handle.
Unfortunately, there really isn't a good, you know, "Wave this magic wand and make the problem go away." Your best bet is the drivers.
There is a small chance that it may in fact be a BIOS-related issue. The computer BIOS is in fact involved very heavily with things like standby. As a result, issues with the BIOS can sometimes reflect in problems coming back from standby.
So that's something else to look into.
Bottom line is to make sure you're running the latest video drivers. If that doesn't solve the problem, consider seeing if there's a BIOS update for your machine.
If there isn't, ultimately you know this is really one of the reasons that
I personally have trained myself not to use standby. Not because it isn't a
good feature when it works; it's just that it turned into something that is
somewhat unreliable - unreliable enough that I just choose not to use
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