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Need Screen to Turn Off after certain delay BUT NOT SLEEP!

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro Surface Pro 3

    Need Screen to Turn Off after certain delay BUT NOT SLEEP!


    I am using a Surface Pro 3 running Windows 8.1 Pro

    I have already turned off Connected Standby. I KNOW there has to be a way to get back the ability to make separate settings for sleeping / turning off the display. Will someone please help? this is driving me insane

    To be clear, I want to have the display ONLY turn off after 3 minutes, but NEVER sleep my device.

    Thank you!

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  2. #2


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Hi berardi1111 and welcome to the forum! Wouldn't it be the same as on a desktop or laptop? Don't set it to sleep but choose blank screensaver and set to 3 minutes. Unless different on Surface.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Berardi, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    In addition, are you able to set this below for how long to wait idle before turning off your displays?

    Display - Turn Off in Windows
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    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Berardi, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    In addition, are you able to set this below for how long to wait idle before turning off your displays?

    Display - Turn Off in Windows
    Thanks, that is what I really meant. Here is my settings:

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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 Pro Surface Pro 3


    Thanks all! I appreciate all the replies.

    But for some reason I don't have this option in my power options screen. I read that you must turn off Connected Standby / Instantgo for it to work but I have done so and still do not see option to turn off screen / sleep computer separately. If I set the "Turn Off Display" to 3 minutes for example, it actually sleeps the entire Machine rather than just the screen. Any ideas? I would even go for a Regedit to make the change.

    Thanks in advance!

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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Berardi,

    What do you have all of your "Sleep" power options like below set to?

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  7. #7


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    Windows 8.1


    Berardi1111, did you ever solve this? For the forum pro users, administrators, and MS MVPs that tried to help ... well, your answers weren't helpful. The Surface Pro 3 (and most other new tablet convertibles) have InstantGo (AKA Connected Standby). An InstantGo enabled PC doesn't have the usual power options. While InstantGo is a great idea when you are using the SP3 as a tablet and not connected to AC power, when InstantGo blanks the screen, it prevents normal background activities as might be expected when connected to AC for desktop-like usage.

    Basically, MS has disabled the ability to have a true screen-off screen saver and still have the machine do useful work while on AC power. This is just dumb. I have yet to find any way around this.
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    Win 8.1\Bing


    We're having he same issue with a new Win 8.1/bing tablet. When going into the deeper power settings, we can find the Turn Monitor Off as a separate option, however, it still treats that the same as the Sleep option.

    Apparently, if you're running a Windows Store App, the sleep mode will not shut down those processes, so you could continue to play audio with the screen off for instance, which is exactly what we need to do. However, our application isn't a Windows Store App so the sleep mode shuts down all audio output.

    If anyone has any idea of some registry edits in order to shut down the screen and keep the system running, that would be highly appreciated. The Sleep\Wake button, would then need to know to turn the screen back on as well. That, or touching the screen itself to bring it back up.

    Another option we're looking at is to create a black screen saver, but we're not sure as to if that will prolong the screen over keeping it on the standard desktop all the time, as the screen is technically still on and drawing black.

    Cheers,
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  9. #9


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 Pro Surface Pro 3


    OK so the best solution I have found is:
    1. Disable connected standby via regedit
    2. Set the computer to never sleep in each of your power settings schemes via the Windows Modern settings
    3. Under advanced power options set the screen to turn off after the desired amount of time for each of your power schemes.


    I think the important part is to FIRST set the never sleep inside the Windows Modern settings. THEN change the advanced power options screen turn off time.


    This is really backwards and MS really needs to fix this but for now my Surface Pro 3 is behaving as I would like it to.
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  10. #10


    I have an application I downloaded and have on my Asus Win 8.1 tablet.

    TurnOffLCD

    Turn off your notebook LCD with one-click | Redmond Pie

    It works fine on my tablet and it justs turns off the LCD while keeping everything else running.

    Of course, the tablet can still go to sleep based on the sleep settings and such.
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