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Windows 7: Harming the monitor?

12 Dec 2015   #1
hazel m

Windows 7 Inspiron x 64
 
 
Harming the monitor?

How much - if any - harm do I do the monitor by setting it to go into power saving mode "Never"?

If that does do harm, how would it be to set it to Never and turn it off at the button when I know I'll be away for half an hour or so?

Thank you.


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12 Dec 2015   #2
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Modern monitors are much less prone to screen burn than they used to be, but leaving the monitor on with the same screen picture on for ages is not good practice. Once you have screen burn it's permanent.

You can set the monitor to turn off after a period of time. To do that open Control Panel, select Power Options, when that opens look at the Menu on the left edge of the screen & you will see, Choose when to turn off the Display, select that & that will give you options on the time before the display turns off.

I have mine set for 5 minutes. If I know I will be away for a longer time I actually turn of off at the switch. The advantage of having a time period is that if you were away for a delayed period, then the monitor will shut down.

To turn it back on after an auto turn off, just hit any key or move the mouse & it will come back on again.
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12 Dec 2015   #3
hazel m

Windows 7 Inspiron x 64
 
 

Thank you. At least I know I can harm it. Will it wear it out sooner - cause the monitor to "die"? Or only do that burn? Well, I shouldn't say "only". I know that is bad but I have a problem here.

When I am doing my virus scan and the monitor goes into power saving mode, it goes black and so does the virus scanning window. ESET once said not to let it do that as the scan had to start over. So I set it at Never.

The other day, the computer man was here and - without my consent - set it at ten minutes. He then started my virus scan program and it never did stop running until I forced it to.

Apparently these two situations interfere with each other, I think. So, would it work to set it at Never and then turn it off manually when I am not using the computer? Otherwise, I'll have to remember to change to Never every Sunday morning.

Just looking for the best (easiest) way around the conflict.
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12 Dec 2015   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I usually just set it to never and run a screen saver after an hour
Then again I do shut down every night and if I'm not going to use the computer for a while/ chores....
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12 Dec 2015   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Best practice is to shut down the PC when not in use.
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12 Dec 2015   #6
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Best practice is to shut down the PC when not in use.
The only disadvantages to not shutting them down is a slightly increased power bill, more heat being pumped in a room (more of a summer problem), waiting on the computer to reboot, and the off chance of a power failure happening while the computer is running (that's what a UPS is for). For many, the advantages of running constantly easily outweighs the disadvantages.
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12 Dec 2015   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

How about having all lights in the house lit all the time, having the car(s) running all the time in idle, running any device that consumes power all the time - at least you will enjoy a hefty electricity bill.

I come from a country where energy costs 3 to 5 times as much as in the US so I am a bit sensitive to the matter. The energy prices in the US are very low so people will never learn to save. You can only get them by the pocket book.
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12 Dec 2015   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
How about having all lights in the house lit all the time, having the car(s) running all the time in idle, running any device that consumes power all the time - at least you will enjoy a hefty electricity bill.

I come from a country where energy costs 3 to 5 times as much as in the US so I am a bit sensitive to the matter. The energy prices in the US are very low so people will never learn to save. You can only get them by the pocket book.
As I said, for many people, the advantages can outweigh the disadvantages. I don't burn any more lights than I need to at any one time or otherwise waste electricity. I don't drive my vehicle any more than I have to and consolidate errands into one trip whenever possible. I keep my AC set at 80F and my furnace at 72 (because of my hypothyroidism, I can stand it any colder than that for very long). Just because we in the U.S. have lower energy costs than much of the rest of the world doesn't mean no one here tries to save energy when possible.

I have processes on my computer that run at night when I'm sleeping. I'm on and off my computer all day long, ofteni for only a few minutes at a time. If I had to reboot every time I wanted to get on it, I would die of old age waiting on it since I have to wait on the HBA card and the Marvel chips to boot their own ROMs as well as the UEFI, Win 7, and the programs I have running in the background. My computer serves as my PVR for recording OTA TV programs so it needs to be available at all times for that. It's also my music system and my e-book reader when I'm at home (and I read voraciously). I do turn my monitors off when I'm not using them.

The point here is running the computer 24/7 isn't going to hurt it. It is a good idea, however, to not let the monitors set idle for more than an hour or so to avoid possible burn-in. Setting them to go to sleep or to a screen saver after so much activity is a good idea.
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12 Dec 2015   #9
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
How about having all lights in the house lit all the time, having the car(s) running all the time in idle, running any device that consumes power all the time - at least you will enjoy a hefty electricity bill.

I come from a country where energy costs 3 to 5 times as much as in the US so I am a bit sensitive to the matter. The energy prices in the US are very low so people will never learn to save. You can only get them by the pocket book.
I agree, leaving your computer on 24/7 is just plainly wasting money if you are not using it. Who leaves their TV on 24 hours a day if they are not watching it?.

Booting time for a computer with a SSD is about 30 seconds, from power on so surely the saving in time there is negligible.

Also any electrical appliance that is running unattended is a potential fire risk, so leaving it going while you are asleep in bed at night, has lethal potential.

I shut my computer down when I have finished using it & I turn off any power to it as well.
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12 Dec 2015   #10
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hazel m View Post
Thank you. At least I know I can harm it. Will it wear it out sooner - cause the monitor to "die"? Or only do that burn? Well, I shouldn't say "only". I know that is bad but I have a problem here.

When I am doing my virus scan and the monitor goes into power saving mode, it goes black and so does the virus scanning window. ESET once said not to let it do that as the scan had to start over. So I set it at Never.

The other day, the computer man was here and - without my consent - set it at ten minutes. He then started my virus scan program and it never did stop running until I forced it to.

Apparently these two situations interfere with each other, I think. So, would it work to set it at Never and then turn it off manually when I am not using the computer? Otherwise, I'll have to remember to change to Never every Sunday morning.

Just looking for the best (easiest) way around the conflict.
What virus scan are you using?. I use Microsoft Security Essentials & if the monitor turns off during the scan it does not interfere, with the scan.

The same applies when I use Macrium Reflect for a computer back up & does not cause any problems. Even when downloading or updating software & the monitor turns off because of the time it's taking it doesn't cause any problems.

From what you describe it seems that you may mistakenly have had your hard drive set to shut down after a certain period & this can cause problems with some programs. Set your monitor to turn off after say 5, 10 or 15 minutes, whatever might suit you & set your hard drive shut down to never & that should overcome your problem.

I have my monitor set to turn off after 5 minutes & the hard drive set never to shut down.
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