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MonPwr - Caffinc

MonPwr - Caffinc --A little utility to shut off your monitor power and not turn on until you click your mouse or press a key (ie wiggling the mouse doesn't wake the monitor).


--The hard drive on my computer completely fried a couple of days ago, which is typically not a problem for me, I back up every month, usually around the 1st thru the 5th or so... problem is... it's the first of the month, and my HD died, so I restore back to September 1st... I've lost stuff that I don't even know that I've lost, but one little tool I completely can't live without, but I couldn't remember what it was called, only that it would wake with a key press or mouse click, but finally after a few minutes in Google, I was able to find this utility again (and decided to blog it so I won't forget it for next time.

SO, as a reminder, BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER (and maybe back it up more than once a month --But one advantage, I lost my caching for my email over the last month--but didn't want to restore because I don't do file backup, I do a Hard Drive clone--that way when I restore, I have my OS back, etc --so now my email cache is no longer corrupt :) )

So, back up your computer!! DO IT... NOW!! (I use a Nero Back-it-up boot disk, and image the drive, you can use the Ultimate Boot CD and use another drive cloning utility, but whatever you do, do SOMETHING!)

Thanks :)

caffinc website dont have comment section. so im doing my part here by raisng concerns that the monpwr app kills monitor lcd and crt alike.i used the app for almost 4 years without realising its the one that making my monitors damaged. my new laptop and goes into skewed screen and by chance i changed o another app now its okay. whew. Thank GOD.
Thanks JOERODEO, I'm not sure how it "kills monitor lcd and crt alike" You've used it for 4 years, and I'm assuming you have some more detail as to what happened? --I've been using MonPwr for, according to my blog at LEAST 4 years and 4 months, and I still have the original monitors that I was using when I started. My monitor at home is probably 5 years old, I don't think MonPwr kills monitors... --But maybe that's just my opinion.
I wrote MonPwr so long ago... it just calls the standard Windows OS power API to turn off the monitor whenever there's a mouse action, unless you disable it with a click or something. If I had the source, I'd hand it over :)
Some apps are pretty shitty about letting you keep your monitor turned off - they constantly send your OS messages to turn your monitor on to keep your PC from sleeping - Skype is one such culprit. They have better ways to keep your PC from going to sleep but they don't bother. I hope the latest versions have fixed that.
What could be happening is you have an app that's constantly turning on the screen, and MonPwr's constantly turning it off, which could lead to some wear and tear (maybe).

I blushed a little, the author of MonPwr responds to a comment on my blog! --With Win10 (and some variants), I now just alter the ".DEFAULT" user screensaver to timeout after 30 seconds with this little registry-hack.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]

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