Tobias Käs - 2006-01-07

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This sounds like a screensaver turning on, or monitor going
into energy-saving mode.

I also have this, with any game using a gamepad. I guess
it's windows fault since it doesn't recognize gamepad input
as "active input" or whatever.

Simple fix: Move the mouse or press a key every some minutes.
In windowed mode you can do that even after screen went
black, and it will come back to live. In fullscreen mode you
might get stuck and have to alt+tab out of it.

Assuming you are running Windows XP, you also could right
click on windows desktop, chose properties and go to the
'Screensaver' tab. Increase waiting time for both
screensaver and energy saving mode (or just disable them).
Other versions of Windows might have similar options.