How do I blank out my screen


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Allen Drake

In

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
Progress is not all that it's cracked up to be.
 
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Allen Drake

It's usually more than it's cracked up to be.
Seriously it really depends on what you use for a comparison. I sure
don't see the political process as a good example. If you are simply
speaking in technological terms maybe. The world as a whole- I would
say not. Progress only advantages a few.
 
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Char Jackson

Seriously it really depends on what you use for a comparison. I sure
don't see the political process as a good example. If you are simply
speaking in technological terms maybe. The world as a whole- I would
say not. Progress only advantages a few.
Regarding that last statement, I couldn't disagree more, but this
probably isn't the place to discuss it.
 
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Allen Drake

Regarding that last statement, I couldn't disagree more, but this
probably isn't the place to discuss it.
You might be right. But looking at all the responses to so many OT
posts how is one to know?
So we can limit our replies to mild humor without ever getting
serious.
 
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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?
This thread seems to have dissolved into complete nonsense. If someone
figured it out, it sure isn't apparent where that is. I suppose I could
chalk it up to MS's almost incomprehensible design of the Power Options.
This more or less seems like a common case with other components of
Win7, and products like Word.
 
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Drew

This thread seems to have dissolved into complete nonsense. If someone
figured it out, it sure isn't apparent where that is. I suppose I could
chalk it up to MS's almost incomprehensible design of the Power Options.
This more or less seems like a common case with other components of
Win7, and products like Word.
I take it my suggestion did not work? My win7 64bit does not suffer from
the affliction you are experiencing. I was merely suggesting a possibility

"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 from "allow the computer to sleep" that it might
be the way to go". Can't hurt.
 
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Wolf K

This thread seems to have dissolved into complete nonsense. If someone
figured it out, it sure isn't apparent where that is. I suppose I could
chalk it up to MS's almost incomprehensible design of the Power Options.
This more or less seems like a common case with other components of
Win7, and products like Word.
Windows 7:
Control Panel > Power Options > Select Power Plan > Change Plan Settings
change times
IMO the simplistic control panel that W7 shows by default should be
replaced by the full version. You can do this easily by downloading
Classic Shell (free), which also gives you the XP look'n'feel, if that's
what you want. FWIW, that's the first thing I did to make W7 behave how
I wanted. I don't like Aero (and W8's "Metros" is the ugliest GUI I've
ever seen. I wouldn't want it on a phone, either, so I won't be getting
a W8 smartphone when the time comes to upgrade).

HTH,
Wolf K.
 
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Dave-UK

Wolf K said:
IMO the simplistic control panel that W7 shows by default should be
replaced by the full version. You can do this easily by downloading
Classic Shell (free), which also gives you the XP look'n'feel, if that's
what you want.
You can just change the 'View by: ' setting from Category to Icons.
 
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Bob I

I've never noticed the monitor blanking kick in while a video was
playing. That seems weird.
Depends on the level of "activity" generated by playing said video. If
very low CPU required and minimal drive access, and no user activity, a
high level PC might have that problem
 
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croy

This thread seems to have dissolved into complete nonsense. If someone
figured it out, it sure isn't apparent where that is. I suppose I could
chalk it up to MS's almost incomprehensible design of the Power Options.
This more or less seems like a common case with other components of
Win7, and products like Word.
Would it serve your need to use a manual blanker? If you
know you're going to be away from your computer for more
than a certain amount of time, you could blank the screen
manually, using Steve Gibson's "Wizmo":

http://www.grc.com/wizmo/wizmo.htm
 
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W. eWatson

I think I know why this problem persisted. Apparently there's some sort
of power drain when one has lots of windows open, files, programs, etc.
That prevents the screen from darkening. A tech computer guy here in
town put me onto it. I happened to reboot today, and have a less
populated screen now. Blanking occurs properly.
 
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Char Jackson

I think I know why this problem persisted. Apparently there's some sort
of power drain when one has lots of windows open, files, programs, etc.
That prevents the screen from darkening. A tech computer guy here in
town put me onto it. I happened to reboot today, and have a less
populated screen now. Blanking occurs properly.
I would think that the *number* of open windows and programs has
nothing to do with it. If there's a specific program that's causing
your problem, it's probably just as likely to act up with a small
number of open windows or even no other open windows.
 
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Ken Blake

I would think that the *number* of open windows and programs has
nothing to do with it. If there's a specific program that's causing
your problem, it's probably just as likely to act up with a small
number of open windows or even no other open windows.

I completely agree. That "tech computer guy" sounds like someone whose
advice should be ignored.
 
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dweebken

I completely agree. That "tech computer guy" sounds like someone whose
advice should be ignored.
well he got the wrong reason but he still helped, so I don't see a problem.
 
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Bob I

Obviously you had some program running in the background keeping the CPU
from achieving a true idle state, THAT is what prevented the screen from
blanking. Rebooting stopped that program and you haven't restarted it
yet. When you do restart that one, the problem will return. The "power
drain" theory is a crock, and is best forgotten.
 
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Bob I

well he got the wrong reason but he still helped, so I don't see a problem.
"right for the wrong reason" is still WRONG! He could have said the
power supply was tired and needed a break, and had the guy turn it off
overnight. That would have "cured the symptom" too, but that is just as
stupid AND wrong!
 
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Ken Blake

well he got the wrong reason but he still helped, so I don't see a problem.


It's entirely up to you, but if you want to take advice from someone
who makes elementary mistakes like that, you're playing with fire.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Obviously you had some program running in the background keeping the CPU from
achieving a true idle state, THAT is what prevented the screen from blanking.
Rebooting stopped that program and you haven't restarted it yet. When you do
restart that one, the problem will return. The "power drain" theory is a
crock, and is best forgotten.
OTOH, it *was* good for a mild chuckle :)
 
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Gene Wirchenko

Well, computers do run on electricity so that much is true, sort
of.
Or, possibly, had you on with it.

I go with this.
OTOH, it *was* good for a mild chuckle :)
Very mild.

The problem is when you run into someone who believes such
nonsense. They can be very difficult to convince otherwise. If you
have to support one of them, the results could be overly interesting.

So-called power users can be such a drain.

Sincerely,

Gene Wirchenko
 

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