How do I blank out my screen


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W. eWatson

I'd like to blank out my screen when the keyboard and mouse are not used
for say 8 minutes. How is that done?
 
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B

Bob Hatch

I'd like to blank out my screen when the keyboard and mouse are not used
for say 8 minutes. How is that done?
Control Panel, Power Settings.

:-(
 
J

John Williamson

Bob said:
Control Panel, Power Settings.

:-(
Or, right cick on the desktop, personalise, screen saver, blank screen.

There's an option to go to power settings from there to set standby
times for the monitor, and to change how the monitor is told to go into
standby mode.
 
R

richard

I'd like to blank out my screen when the keyboard and mouse are not used
for say 8 minutes. How is that done?
press the power button on the monitor.
 
N

Nil

In richard typed:

That is what I do too Richard. Nothing else seems to work better. ;-)
So, what do you do, set your alarm watch to return from whatever you're
doing, wherever you are, to ring every 8 minutes so you can run back to
the computer to punch the monitor button?

I think it's better to let the computer do it for you.
 
B

BillW50

In Nil typed:
So, what do you do, set your alarm watch to return from whatever
you're doing, wherever you are, to ring every 8 minutes so you can
run back to the computer to punch the monitor button?

I think it's better to let the computer do it for you.
I thought so too. But it didn't work well for me. Sometimes I know I'll
be away for a while and hitting the monitor power button works fast and
instantly. The flipside is I am watching a long video or something and
never touching a key or a mouse. And having the computer handle it, then
it times out and will turn off the screen. So to stop this nonsense, I
do it manually.
 
C

choro

In richard typed:

That is what I do too Richard. Nothing else seems to work better. ;-)
Unplugging it at the wall socket is much quicker! ;-)

The CD/DVD writer on the laptop of a friend of mine had gone kaput. So I
found him a stand-alone CD writer from a SH shop for $2. Told him about
it. He went and bought it. I used that to install his program on his
laptop. All well and good. But next time he wanted to use it, he managed
to plug his laptop into the mains and then managed to install the mains
cable for the CD player into the computer as well (rather than into the
CD player!) -- right into the video output of the laptop!

Next thing of course, I receive an urgent phone call. Asked him what he
had done and he said: But I unplugged it immediately when I heard funny
sizzling sounds!

I replied to him that I had had my fry-up breakfast! ;-)

But honestly, if there are a dozen ways of doing something, you can
trust this chap to discover a 13th way to make sure of a mess-up.
-- choro
 
C

Char Jackson

In Nil typed:

I thought so too. But it didn't work well for me. Sometimes I know I'll
be away for a while and hitting the monitor power button works fast and
instantly. The flipside is I am watching a long video or something and
never touching a key or a mouse. And having the computer handle it, then
it times out and will turn off the screen. So to stop this nonsense, I
do it manually.
I've never noticed the monitor blanking kick in while a video was
playing. That seems weird.
 
C

Char Jackson

Unplugging it at the wall socket is much quicker! ;-)

The CD/DVD writer on the laptop of a friend of mine had gone kaput. So I
found him a stand-alone CD writer from a SH shop for $2. Told him about
it. He went and bought it. I used that to install his program on his
laptop. All well and good. But next time he wanted to use it, he managed
to plug his laptop into the mains and then managed to install the mains
cable for the CD player into the computer as well (rather than into the
CD player!) -- right into the video output of the laptop!
You guys have some strange connector configurations over there. On my
side of the pond I don't think there's a power cable that would mate
up with a video output.
 
W

W. eWatson

Or, right cick on the desktop, personalise, screen saver, blank screen.

There's an option to go to power settings from there to set standby
times for the monitor, and to change how the monitor is told to go into
standby mode.
Well, I to .../Power Options->Edit Plan Settings. I see Recommended
Setting with its button depressed, so I click on Change plan settings
way to the right. Turn off the display shows 10 min, and Put the
computer to sleep shows 20 minutes. If Turn off is active I would think
I would see the screen blank out every 10 min, but I don't. A week or so
ago it did. If I click on Change advanced power settings, I see a
Advanced settings dialog with choices like Hard disk, Sleep, PCI Express
.... Nothing about a display.
 
G

Gene Wirchenko

[snip]
But honestly, if there are a dozen ways of doing something, you can
trust this chap to discover a 13th way to make sure of a mess-up.
Send him to QA!

Sincerely,

Gene Wirchenko
 
G

Gene E. Bloch

alt.windows7.general:
So, what do you do, set your alarm watch to return from whatever you're
doing, wherever you are, to ring every 8 minutes so you can run back to
the computer to punch the monitor button?
I think it's better to let the computer do it for you.
Not if you're trying to lose weight.
 
G

Gene E. Bloch

You guys have some strange connector configurations over there. On my
side of the pond I don't think there's a power cable that would mate
up with a video output.
Probably true other there too; the chap probably used force.

Or in US Navy talk, "Don't use force, get a bigger hammer"...

(At least they said that back in my day.)
 
C

Char Jackson

Probably true other there too; the chap probably used force.

Or in US Navy talk, "Don't use force, get a bigger hammer"...

(At least they said that back in my day.)
The Air Force had a similar saying. :)
 
B

BillW50

In Char Jackson typed:
I've never noticed the monitor blanking kick in while a video was
playing. That seems weird.
I suppose it depends on the player. Some players have a toggle to
deactivate screen blanking while running and some doesn't. And if you
are watching a movie through the browser like the website Hulu or
something, I think you are stuck.
 
W

Wolf K

I've never noticed the monitor blanking kick in while a video was
playing. That seems weird.
Depends on how the power saving is set. By default, it monitors
keyboard/mouse input.

Wolf K.
 
J

J. P. Gilliver (John)

Wolf K said:
Depends on how the power saving is set. By default, it monitors
keyboard/mouse input.

Wolf K.
Indeed. A lot of video players have a setting to override it, but not
all (or, it doesn't work - the override that is - on some systems).
 
C

Char Jackson

Indeed. A lot of video players have a setting to override it, but not
all (or, it doesn't work - the override that is - on some systems).
Ok, three of you seem to think this is a problem, so maybe it's a
problem. :)

But it's not a problem with Windows Media Player, Media Player
Classic, nor with Firefox when playing youtube videos, or even with
Firefox simply parked on a youtube video that has long since stopped
playing. So which video players exhibit this problem?
 
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A

Allen Drake

You guys have some strange connector configurations over there. On my
side of the pond I don't think there's a power cable that would mate
up with a video output.
I think here you will find rather strange things mating up some of
the time.
 

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