Is it dozing or not?

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J. P. Gilliver (John)

I have an XP PC in which I have set the following:

under screen saver, wait 6 minutes.

Under Power Options (accessed from the Power button in screensaver),
turn off monitor after 10 minutes, turn off hard discs after 5.

The screen saver cuts in, and then the monitor goes off (not just black
- the monitor LED goes from green to orange, so I assume it's not
getting sync. signals either). But I am still hearing little twitches
from the drive.

I'm just puzzled: sure, I can accept that maybe some background task is
going on that stops it dozing; but if that's the case, why does the
screensaver cut in and the monitor blank?
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BillW50

In J. P. Gilliver (John) typed:
I have an XP PC in which I have set the following:

under screen saver, wait 6 minutes.

Under Power Options (accessed from the Power button in screensaver),
turn off monitor after 10 minutes, turn off hard discs after 5.

The screen saver cuts in, and then the monitor goes off (not just
black - the monitor LED goes from green to orange, so I assume it's
not getting sync. signals either). But I am still hearing little
twitches from the drive.

I'm just puzzled: sure, I can accept that maybe some background task
is going on that stops it dozing; but if that's the case, why does the
screensaver cut in and the monitor blank?

Some tasks doesn't trip waking the screen up. I don't have Windows
automatically turn my screen off, but I do it with a hotkey. But the
rules for waking the screen up are the same using either method. While
not all programs allows for this configuration, Windows Media Player for
example let us to toggle waking the screen up or not.
 
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Mayayana

| I'm just puzzled: sure, I can accept that maybe some background task is
| going on that stops it dozing; but if that's the case, why does the
| screensaver cut in and the monitor blank?

Because you set it to do that. The screen had
no activity for 6 minutes. The purpose of a screen saver,
on CRT screens, was to avoid leaving a static image
on the screen that might leave a "burned in" mark.
There is no reason today for anyone to use a screensaver
unless they just like to watch it.

I find that setting very intrusive. I leave the monitor
always on and set the disks to turn off after 20 minutes,
only because I have 2 disks and the second one is often
not used for long periods. If I'm going to go do something
else I put it on standby.
 
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BillW50

In Mayayana typed:
Because you set it to do that. The screen had
no activity for 6 minutes. The purpose of a screen saver,
on CRT screens, was to avoid leaving a static image
on the screen that might leave a "burned in" mark.
There is no reason today for anyone to use a screensaver
unless they just like to watch it.

Actually I have seen screen burn on LCD screens before. I used to have
an analog clock on the upper right hand corner. And one day I moved it
for some reason and the clock image was still there in the previous
location. Luckily I have never seen it cause permanent damage like which
can happen with CRT screens.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_persistence
I find that setting very intrusive. I leave the monitor
always on and set the disks to turn off after 20 minutes,
only because I have 2 disks and the second one is often
not used for long periods. If I'm going to go do something
else I put it on standby.

My Samsung Story external drives goes to sleep after 5 minutes of no
activity. I don't personally care for this and there is no way to
disable it as far as I know. Luckily I don't use them more than about 20
minutes per day anyway.
 
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J. P. Gilliver (John)

In message <[email protected]>, BillW50 <[email protected]>
writes:
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Some tasks doesn't trip waking the screen up. I don't have Windows

So you're saying - as, in fact, I suspected - that different tasks do
(trigger, wake up) different things, i. e. there are things which will
keep the disc spinning but not wake up the screen.
automatically turn my screen off, but I do it with a hotkey. But the
rules for waking the screen up are the same using either method. While
not all programs allows for this configuration, Windows Media Player for
example let us to toggle waking the screen up or not.
(IIRR WMP can be set - in fact I think it defaults that way - not to let
the screen go into either saver or sleep anyway, at least when it's
playing a video. Which makes sense.)
 
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BillW50

In J. P. Gilliver (John) typed:
In message <[email protected]>, BillW50 <[email protected]>
writes:
[]
Some tasks doesn't trip waking the screen up. I don't have Windows

So you're saying - as, in fact, I suspected - that different tasks do
(trigger, wake up) different things, i. e. there are things which will
keep the disc spinning but not wake up the screen.
Yes.
automatically turn my screen off, but I do it with a hotkey. But the
rules for waking the screen up are the same using either method.
While not all programs allows for this configuration, Windows Media
Player for example let us to toggle waking the screen up or not.
(IIRR WMP can be set - in fact I think it defaults that way - not to
let the screen go into either saver or sleep anyway, at least when
it's playing a video. Which makes sense.)

It may make sense for video, but I listen to streaming radio programs
too. I also can pipe the audio throughout the house. Thus I have no need
for the screen being on.
 
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