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Windows 7: force turn off monitor automatically

31 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ult x64; Windows 7 HP x64
force turn off monitor automatically


Is there any way to schedule a monitor to turn itself off automatically, even if there are background processes preventing the usual power management to do that?

Thanks in advance,


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31 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 32-bit Build 7601

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31 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ult x64; Windows 7 HP x64

No, I mean, that particular configuration only work when there's no background processes preventing the screen from being turned off. That config will be utterly useless if, for example, I've left something playing a video in just one of the dozens of windows I've left open and also dozens of apps I have running, and normally I wouldn't be aware of them. Or, there might even be apps that were asking for my attention and somehow they weren't flashing on the taskbar.

I can manually force the monitor to turn off using command line, but that's way too dependent. With a slight movement of a mouse or if somehow an app found itself an excuse to show notifications or something, the monitor would turn itself on again. It wouldn't be good if that happened when I wasn't around to turn it off again.
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31 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 x64 (SP1)

Press the power button on the monitor...or close down your applications the prevent the computer from turning the monitor off, or put the whole computer to sleep.
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31 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ult x64; Windows 7 HP x64

Well, those methods do work just fine in a conventional sense. However, what I'd like is a way that does not require any manual input, so that the monitor turns off all by itself every single time I haven't been staring at it, as well as in case I happen to forget to turn it off and also in case I am too lazy, since I am an average person, after all.

Besides, that particular PC is a home desktop server, and I need it running 24/7, since it has many connected devices, and booting/resuming is really a pain. Also, I mentioned that there are loads of running apps and opened windows--with tonnes of even more tabs in various browsers, therefore checking them all one by one every time I feel like it is not very practical and is time-consuming. I do appreciate all the suggestions, though.
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31 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 x64 (SP1)

Manually turn the monitor off...that is your only solution. There is no way to turn the monitor off via software that would not be interfered by the other applications.
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