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    Windows power management question

    I want to be able to power down my LCD monitor when I’m away from the computer. When I right click the “desktop/Properties/Screen Saver/Power/Turn off monitor”, and select 5 min the setting lasts for exactly two power up cycles then reverts back to “Never” mode.
    Is there a way to permanently set the computer to power down the monitor after 5 minuets of non-use? You’d think that that the desktop route would do it but it doesn’t.

    I’m running Windows 2000 Professional. (I know, I really need to get a new system…)

    Thanks
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    w2k is an excellent OS. I dread having to upgrade to something else!

    I will ask the obvious. Have you rebooted in a while? Thats my best idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    I will ask the obvious. Have you rebooted in a while? Thats my best idea.
    Jeff, I shut the computer down each night. When I boot up the next day (and the day after that) the computer remembers the power down setting but on the third day it reverts back to the “Never” mode and doesn’t shut the monitor off again.
    It’s very weird.
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    Bruce,

    You might try just putting the computer to sleep for a week, rather that shutting it down, and see if it reverts back at some time. The timing, or cycle might give some more clues...

    FWIW,

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    Bruce,

    Look under "Start,Settings,Control Panel,Power Options" and see you can change something there.

    Randy

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    The attachment is from an XP machine but its very similar to an Win2K machine
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    Randy, that's pretty much the same win2k window that I am looking at when I follow the path “desktop/Properties/Screen Saver/Power/Turn off monitor”
    "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a
    friend...if you have one."
    --George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

    "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second..if there is
    one."
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    Up date your system

    Go to Microsoft web site and look for system updates. There are a least 3 service packs for Win2K. You will need to run them in order to ensure that you completely update your system. Them retry to set your requirements.
    Good Luck.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Page View Post
    Randy, that's pretty much the same win2k window that I am looking at when I follow the path “desktop/Properties/Screen Saver/Power/Turn off monitor”
    Just a thought, is this a personal computer or a work computer? I know my work computer and work blackberry has system policies that are maintained by them.

    Randy

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    Tek-Tips.com

    Check this post out and see if provides any help.

    http://www.tek-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=950543

    Randy

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    Randy, it is my home pc. I read through most of the thread that you linked to but most of it is above my pc skill level. I started getting warnings eg., do you really want to do this? so I backed out.
    The power setting is really more of an annoyance than a problem, I’ll just continue to live with it for now.
    Thanks for your help.
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    friend...if you have one."
    --George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

    "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second..if there is
    one."
    --Winston Churchill, in response




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