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Manual shutoff for hp laptop display screen?

by buchster / September 6, 2010 6:57 AM PDT

When I attempt to burn photos from Windows photo gallery onto a DVD, the screen saver will not come on. I also have the display set to turn off after 10 minutes in windows power settings, but that doesn't work either during burning. The picture/DVD comes out fine but I don't want to burn an image into the LCD screen if I were to burn a lot of photos at once which could take hours.

(I tried to download a manual screen shutoff called turnofflcd.exe but it caused Firefox to start opening new browser windows like crazy. I scanned for mal-ware with AVG & Malwarebytes and found nothing, but I don't think I'll try that again.)

I then e-mailed hp support and they said to try reinstalling power management and BIOS (I would rather not attempt this). Apparently hp didn't include a manual screen shutoff option for this model, so that brings me here.

I also tried searching CNET for a manual shutoff download but found nothing. Maybe I was using the wrong search terms?

I'm a newbie here and a casual computer user, so please be gentle. Any ideas? Or am I overestimating the risk of a burned in image on my screen?

HP pavilion DV6701us laptop, Vista home premium, which came with windows photo gallery.

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Let's dispell that old myth.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2010 11:08 AM PDT

LCDs do not suffer burn in. And there is a good reason screen savers do not kick in during recording sessions.

Nothing to fear, nothing is busted. HOWEVER I do lower the brightness of my display if I am walking away for awhile.

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Thanks for the info.
by buchster / September 6, 2010 1:05 PM PDT

Thanks for the response RP. I guess I won't worry about it then.

But that does lead me to another question. If my laptop screen isn't susceptible to a burn in, then why is there a screen saver built in? What's it saving the screen from?

I also wonder why hp wouldn't install an "off" switch for the display, if only to save battery life in the unlikely event you're trying to burn a disc etc. without a plug nearby?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 7, 2010 11:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks for the info.

Because folk like screen savers. It's that simple.

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