Wednesday, October 19, 2005
turn your screen off, hibernate, standby
Warner was kind enough to remind me (and others) of a thread I wrote a while back about how to conserve battery power by programmatically turning on / off your screen. Here is the post from TabletPCBuzz.com that I wrote. I hope you find it useful.
I was reading Robert Williams blog, Director of Business Development and Partner Engineering for the Mobile Platforms Division at MS, regarding power management. He had a good tip about turning the monitor off when not using it to conserve battery and assigning that utility to a button on the tablet.
I looked for a utility or exe on my computer that would automatically turn my monitor off and couldn't find one. After googling high and low, I finally found one at http://www.fixup.net/tips/saver/ : monsus.exe and it works like a charm. With a tap of the pen, you can turn your monitor off. Then with a tap on the screen, the monitor comes back to life. Great way to save some battery life and easy to do with your pen.
I also have a hibernate.exe and suspend.exe that can be mapped to one of your tablet buttons. I've been using these for a while and found them at http://www.tc-one-thousand.com
I've wrapped all three programs into zip file for those of you might want to use them: http://www.zoeinc.com/monitor.zip They certainly make it easier to initiate the utilities by simply using your pen.
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