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Fool's Question: Do LCD Monitors NEED Screen Saver???

by tobeach / May 14, 2007 7:14 PM PDT

Are screen savers needed to prevent damage (burning image or?) such as necessary for CRTs?? Thanks for your thoughts! Confused ;D

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It doesn't seem so.
by Kees Bakker / May 14, 2007 7:34 PM PDT
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(NT) Thanks, Kees! Nice to Hear From You! :D
by tobeach / May 15, 2007 2:36 PM PDT
In reply to: It doesn't seem so.
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Today? Yes. But not the screen is be saved but the CCFLs.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 14, 2007 11:04 PM PDT

Not the screen saver we used before but to power down the CCFL tubes and save their lifespan. These lamps dim in just a few years so you can extend this by using the power save feature and thus extend the screen's (the CCFLs) life.

CCFL life time is determined as the time at which brightness of lamp is 50%. But we'll start to complain at a time well before this 50% happens at 30 to 50 thousand hours. has a nice graph showing this curve. And that's for long life bulbs. We are already hearing complaints about this as people compare their 2 year old laptop to a new one.


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Thanks for the Info, Bob! Just What I Was After....
by tobeach / May 15, 2007 2:44 PM PDT

I thought interesting to note (on graph) how then die off progressed from highest to lowest MA. I suppose that just hitting the "power" button on the monitor would suffice to extend lamp life.
Thanks Again! Grin

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Yes, that works. So does...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 15, 2007 8:53 PM PDT

The power save feature in Windows (all versions I've tried.) The monitor powered off the lights on schedule.


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It'd be nice if they invented
by william551 / May 18, 2007 4:23 AM PDT

some wireless device like the keyboard and mouse that sensed when a fella sat down in his chair and when he was out of it, and timed out to turn off the LCD. The difference between that and a screen saver being that whenever someone sits down in the chair the monitor turns on.

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I imagine it'd just be a
by william551 / May 18, 2007 4:25 AM PDT

another device on the USB wireless that hooks up the mouse and keyboard. With a slight behavior difference in the programming, or maybe not. Maybe it'd act just like a mouse. Move the mouse? The monitor turns on. Sit in the chair? The monitor turns on. Of course, the installation would likely disable the screen saver and make it a power saver instead.

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