How do I blank out my screen


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Gene Wirchenko

On Thu, 05 Apr 2012 20:11:36 -0700, Gene E. Bloch

[snip]
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.)
There are other approaches. This is from my sig collection:

"All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that
the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore,
if you can't get them together again, there must be a reason. By all
means, do not use a hammer." -- IBM maintenance manual, 1925

Sincerely,

Gene Wirchenko
 
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Allen Drake

On Thu, 05 Apr 2012 20:11:36 -0700, Gene E. Bloch

[snip]
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.)
There are other approaches. This is from my sig collection:

"All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that
the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore,
if you can't get them together again, there must be a reason. By all
means, do not use a hammer." -- IBM maintenance manual, 1925

Sincerely,

Gene Wirchenko

That will soon change. There is a woman running that place now and
everyone wants her to play golf.
 
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Char Jackson

I think here you will find rather strange things mating up some of
the time.
Yes, of course, but we were talking about connectors. ;-)
 
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Char Jackson

On Thu, 05 Apr 2012 20:11:36 -0700, Gene E. Bloch

[snip]
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.)
There are other approaches. This is from my sig collection:

"All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that
the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore,
if you can't get them together again, there must be a reason. By all
means, do not use a hammer." -- IBM maintenance manual, 1925

Sincerely,

Gene Wirchenko

That will soon change. There is a woman running that place now and
everyone wants her to play golf.
Gene's quote is gender neutral. It doesn't matter if a man, a woman,
or a goat is running IBM. The quote endures through all of that.
 
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Gene Wirchenko

[snip]
I think here you will find rather strange things mating up some of
the time.
Yes, of course, but we were talking about connectors. ;-)
And many connectors have male and female versions.

From My Sig Collection:

Lowery's Law: If it jams -- force it. If it breaks, it needed
replacing anyway.

Sincerely,

Gene Wirchenko
 
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BillW50

In Char Jackson typed:
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?
I know it was annoying on at least older versions of PowerDVD.

Another thing annoying about the blank screen setting was I could walk
away for hours and fully expecting the monitor to be blanked when I came
back and only to find it is still on. So sometimes it just doesn't work.
So I use something that actually works, the power button. ;-)
 
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BillW50

In Gene Wirchenko typed:
From My Sig Collection:

Lowery's Law: If it jams -- force it. If it breaks, it needed
replacing anyway.
Oh is that Lowery's Law? I have heard it many times, but I never knew
that is what it is known by. Many thanks!
 
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Wolf K

That is my best trait. I have it as a disclaimer on my resume'.
Confusion is a good. It means that somebody has a learning opportunity.

Wolf K.
 
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Char Jackson

In Char Jackson typed:

I know it was annoying on at least older versions of PowerDVD.
I haven't used PowerDVD in well over 10 years, so I didn't know it had
this problem, thanks.
Another thing annoying about the blank screen setting was I could walk
away for hours and fully expecting the monitor to be blanked when I came
back and only to find it is still on. So sometimes it just doesn't work.
So I use something that actually works, the power button. ;-)
Yeah, I mentioned an example of that above. View a youtube video, let
it finish playing, and walk away. Somehow, it prevents the screen from
going dark, even though nothing is playing anymore. Flip to a
non-youtube tab and it works as expected.

I use the power buttons on some systems, and I let Windows handle it
on others. Both ways work for me.
 
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BillW50

In Char Jackson typed:
I haven't used PowerDVD in well over 10 years, so I didn't know it had
this problem, thanks.
There are more applications it happened too. I just never kept track
which ones it works and which ones it doesn't. You would think Windows
is smart enough to figure it out, but I guess not.
Yeah, I mentioned an example of that above. View a youtube video, let
it finish playing, and walk away. Somehow, it prevents the screen from
going dark, even though nothing is playing anymore. Flip to a
non-youtube tab and it works as expected.

I use the power buttons on some systems, and I let Windows handle it
on others. Both ways work for me.
I think the worst is when Windows focus is on the desktop. That almost
never allows the monitor to blank. I just learned over the years to just
never trust it. As sometimes it doesn't kick in when you want it and
does when you don't want it.
 
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Drew

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.
Did you take that same route and look further down in advanced power
settings and change the multimedia settings? I would assume if you
change that tab playing multimedia from "allow the computer to sleep"
that it might be the way to go
 
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Char Jackson

In Char Jackson typed:

There are more applications it happened too. I just never kept track
which ones it works and which ones it doesn't. You would think Windows
is smart enough to figure it out, but I guess not.
No, I never assumed Windows should be able to figure it out. I assumed
it was up to the application to signal the OS that it wanted to
override the default power settings.
I think the worst is when Windows focus is on the desktop. That almost
never allows the monitor to blank. I just learned over the years to just
never trust it. As sometimes it doesn't kick in when you want it and
does when you don't want it.
In my experience, one of the foolproof ways to make sure the monitor
blanks when it should is to put the focus on the desktop. It's
interesting that that doesn't work as reliably for you when it's 100%
reliable on all of my systems.
 
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choro

I haven't used PowerDVD in well over 10 years, so I didn't know it had
this problem, thanks.
I thought this was a Power DVD *plus* point. I haven't used Power DVD in
years either but you certainly do not want the screen to go blank in the
middle watching an XXX rated movie; or do you?

-- choro
 
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Char Jackson

I thought this was a Power DVD *plus* point. I haven't used Power DVD in
years either but you certainly do not want the screen to go blank in the
middle watching an XXX rated movie; or do you?
The "problem" we were talking about was that (apparently) some video
players don't know how to let the OS know that monitor blanking should
be suspended because a video is playing. I think we're all in
agreement that the monitor shouldn't go dark while a video is playing,
regardless of its rating.
 
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BillW50

In
Allen said:
Confusion is unlearning.
Just the opposite actually. Well at least if you thought you were making
progress anyway. ;-)

"We have not succeeded in solving all of our problems. In fact, the
solutions we have found have served to raise a whole new set of
questions. In some ways, we are as confused as ever; however, we feel we
are confused on a higher level and about more important things." --
(source unknown)

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of
thinking we were at when we created them." -- Albert Einstein
 

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