Screen wont turn off when I close laptop lid


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Hello,

I have recentley installed Windows 7 RC. Since installing it, I have noticed that when I close my laptop lid, the screen stays on. How do I get the screen to turn off without going into sleep or hibernate mode? I've tried messing around with the power options but nothing seems to work.

Thanks for your help.
 
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Hello p4r45 welcome to the site :ciao:

Have you checked to see if there is a firmware update or more recent drivers to install. Which notebook do you have and we will help you look. There is also a Windows 7 Power Setting when you close the lid for what you want windows to do.

The only other thing I can think of would be a faulty switch which would need to be replaced to work correctly.
 
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Hi Clifford, thanks for your reply and welcome!

I dont think its a faulty switch as it was working fine yesterday under Windows XP.

My graphics card is ATI Mobility Radeon X1300 and my notebook is a Dell Inspiron 6400. I downloaded the Windows 7 drivers for it after installing Windows 7 RC yesterday,

Under the power options, it only gives the options to sleep, hibernate, turn off or do nothing when I close the lid. At the moment that is set to 'do nothing'. I dont want it to shut down, hibernate or sleep as sometimes I leave my laptop on downloading or running tasks. With Windows XP, when this was set to 'do nothing', the screen would still turn off.

I've seen a number of users having the same issue as me on other forums but nobody has yet been able to solve it! :(
 

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Ahh, So you are looking for your screen to black out only when you close the lid.
If there is not a screen saver option for when you close the lid then Im out of ideas maybe someone else can help you further.
 
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Figured it out!

In the power options, go to Change Plan Settings and theres an option to 'Turn off the display' after a certain amount of minutes! Dont know how I missed this the first time! Hope this helps anybody else with the same issue!
 
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Figured it out!

In the power options, go to Change Plan Settings and theres an option to 'Turn off the display' after a certain amount of minutes! Dont know how I missed this the first time! Hope this helps anybody else with the same issue!

Have you solved the problem? I want the screen to turn off immediately I close the lid, I don't want to wait X minutes :)
 
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I havent managed to make it turn off as soon as I close the lid. I would still like this to happen so if you figure it out, please let me know! cheers
 

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Have you checked to see if Dell has Windows 7 drivers for your model laptop? I know that Dell offers power management drivers that include power settings to turn off the display when closing the lid. If they do not have Windows 7 then you might try using Vista's, but that may not work.
 
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Spot on mate! Thank you so much! I upgraded my graphics card with the Vista drivers from the Dell website. The screen now goes black as soon as I close the lid. Thanks again!!
 
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Mine problem not solved

Oh God! How u did that? Even though I tried to update the latest graphich card it doesn't work..getting frustrated.. T.T
 
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It worked on Windows 7 RC but since installing the Windows 7 full version, Im having the problem again! :(
 
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