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Monitor "sleeps" I have an HP Laptop w/Vista - I don't believe that my question is a problem - rather it's probably that I don't know how to adjust a setting or two. - My laptop monitor goes off after about 10 minutes or so - so I have to go over and hit a key or move my mouse so that it comes back up again - This is annoying when I am trying to look at a video on the screen - if I dont run over fast enough, I am recording a blank screen - Can I adjust the "sleep" time so that my monitor stays on longer?

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  • bobscltchr Dec 29, 2008

    I am so glad - you saved me oodles of time - I was too lazy (in my post-Holiday mood) to look up anything in the Control Panel - and I wasn't sure that it could be done anyway - Thanks a million !!!

    By the way, one of the tech persons I know says that the message that you get stating "there are unused icons on your desktop" cannot be permanently stopped ( I know there are unused items - but I would rather keep them. I also realize that this message is more of a service to me - telling me that I should consolidate or delete some of them) Can this message be stopped?

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There are two places where the sleep time can be affected, both of which are accessed through the Control Panel that is normally an item on the Start menu.
Check the Display folder first and look for Screen Saver. This can be turned off completely or set to longer delays. The second, is the Power Options provided more for laptop users to conserve battery life but also can control the shutdown of your monitor.  Power Options aren't too important to desktop machines but the options are still listed. 

Posted on Dec 25, 2008

  • Steve Allison
    Steve Allison Dec 29, 2008

    I see that message occasionally too and once went through the procedure to see if it offered the option to discontinue the warning but there wasn't one so I just took my darned shortcuts back out of the folder that I do like available and just punch out its lights when it does pop up.
    It does seem though that since I let it create the folder that it has become far less frequent.
    Maybe the pig just wants to be fed now and then.


    Glad your display doesn't wink out on you any more; Happy New Year :-)   

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