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    Windows or Display Adaptor

    Recently my monitor has not been turning off after the 10 minutes I have set it to. I have checked the settings (in Windows 2000) and all looks fine. Before I start digging any further, does this sound like a driver problem or is this a Windows quirk?

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    Re: Windows or Display Adaptor

    I don't regularly run Win2K, only occasionally, but the same thing happens to me with Win XP Pro SP2 and in my case it's not drivers. It's such a minor annoyance that I've never gone trolling the web to see if anyone else has found a solution. When it (seldom!) happens, I have a shortcut icon on my desktop to the Power Options applet and I just reset the time and it usually won't happen again for quite a long time. Not much of a helpful answer but one guy's workaround...

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    Re: Windows or Display Adaptor

    Thanks Big Al.

    I did reset the time (shortened it to 1 minute to see if it would work) and it still didn't turn off. Because I leave my computer running day and night, I'm concerned about monitor burn-out. Is this a legitimate concern? If not, I won't worry too much about the power settings. Should I be using the hibernate setting to turn off the computer after inactivity?? (I've heard negative things about the hibernate setting as well though.)

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    Re: Windows or Display Adaptor

    I leave my system on 24/7 and rather than rely on MS power settings, I simply turn off the monitor whenever I get up from the PC for an extended period. I have the system connected to a Power Strip / Surge Protector and use that switch so as not to wear out the switch on the monitor. For short trips away from the monitor I use a third party screensaver control and start the screensaver with a single click or just leave the display on. These days there is not the same concern about "burn in" as there was with the older monitors and LCD screens don't have that issue.
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    Re: Windows or Display Adaptor

    I'm not sure about the burnOUT thing, but that's one reason I turn off the power. From what "they say" nowadays, the old burnIN of images on the screen doesn't have to be worried about any longer, but I still don't feel comfortable with leaving images up there all the time. My machine is also running 24/7.

    If the kick-in-the-pants didn't make it work, you might take a spin through your BIOS and all the Display settings in Control Panel to see if there's something that might have gotten accidently changed. I guess it's possible that it could be the monitor itself and I would try a temp loaner if you can to see what happens.

    I can't give you an opinion on hibernate as I've never used it before.

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    Re: Windows or Display Adaptor

    Sound advice. Thanks Doc.

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