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Monitor turns off during inactivity

  1. #1


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8.1 x64 Pro

    Monitor turns off during inactivity


    I have my laptop connected to an external monitor with HDMI. The laptop is always plugged into the A/C,and its cover is always closed, so it's used as a desktop computer.

    I have noticed that the monitor often turns off very quickly, sometimes after only a few minutes of idle time. This is extremely annoying, and I don't know how to fix it. In Power Options, the "Turn off display after" setting is set to 10 minutes on battery and 30 minutes when plugged in.

    Any idea what could be causing this? I am running Windows 8.1 64-bit.

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  2. #2


    Hi there. Try the one in PC Settings in the Charms Bar also. For the life of me I don't know why they have 2.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Knocks,

    To add to what Tony posted above, you might check to see what you have set in the other options in the tutorial below to see if one may be causing this.
    In addition, double check to see if it may be the screen saver turned on with a "Blank" one used.
    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Last edited by Brink; 12 Nov 2013 at 21:40. Reason: typo
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  4. #4


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8.1 x64 Pro


    I believe all those options are already covered.


    Power options #1




    Power options #2




    Screensaver options
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  5. #5


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8.1 x64 Pro


    Anyone? This issue is wasting a lot of my time. Having to turn on the monitor and wait every time I step away from a computer for a couple of minute is becoming unbearable.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Knocks,

    Does your laptop have Intel HD graphics by chance?

    If so, then take a look at Option Three in the tutorial below just as a guideline to see if you may have a setting in your Intel Graphics and Media Control Panel that may be responsible for this.

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  7. #7


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8.1 x64 Pro


    It does have Intel HD graphics, but it's not a brightness issue. The monitor displays the HDMI signal off message when this happens, so something else is causing it.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yeah, I was thinking that it may a different setting to look for in your Intel Graphics and Media Control Panel that may be responsible for this instead.
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