Manual switchoff of eMac display?

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  1. neoelectronaut macrumors 68020

    neoelectronaut

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    Sometimes I want to leave my eMac on but have the display go off so I can download long files, do folding@home, etc.

    Is there any other way than using energy settings to turn the display off after 1 minute to do this? It's not really a problem, but it's kind of a pain in the butt to have to go back up there and set it back to my usual 30 minutes every time.

    Any help is appreciated. :)
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Nope, not that I've ever heard of. There might be a software hack for sleeping the screen on command, though I've never seen one. You could also physically hack the hardware, but that's way more trouble than it's probably worth.

    If you do find a "sleep screen now" hack, that'd be cool, though--I frequently turn my CRT off under the same long download circumstances at home, but I won't be able to if I ever buy an ADC monitor.
     
  3. TEG macrumors 604

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    Not so much as turning off the screen, but locking it (it runs a screen saver, which you can set to blank screen). In the Utilities folder there is an app call Key Chain Manager, or just Keychain. Open it and look through the menus for one called "Show Security/Keychain Settings on Tool Bar". You will now have a little lock on the menu bar, next to the clock. When you click on it, an menu drops, allowing you to lock the screen, and when you arrive back at your computer, you just type in your password, and you're back at work.

    I did this all the time when I ran SETI @ Home. It was great, because I was able to run seti, at night with out the computer thinking it should go to sleep, or my waking up my computer while sleeping and quitting open programs.

    TEG
     
  4. neoelectronaut thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks, TEG, I'll give that a shot and see how it works out.

    I'll report back later, or something, I guess.
     
  5. neoelectronaut thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Hmm, well, it seems okay, but not knowing much of the whole keychain system makes me worry that I would potentially screw something up...

    Well, I'll use it if ABSOLUTELY necessary.

    Thanks for the tip.
     
  6. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    All the "Lock screen" thing does is activate the screensaver. It's the same as setting a hot-corner, or just waiting for the screensaver to auto-activate. You aren't actually "locking" anything.
     

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