04-01-2006, 08:29 AM
there is a feature in winows on power-saving, it turns off the monitor according to the specified idle time, is this feature similar to turning off your own montior manually? or does this feature includes turning off video card?
04-01-2006, 09:19 AM
I think it turns your video card off in the sense that it turns the output off but it might just be that the monitor goes into power saving mode.
04-01-2006, 08:42 PM
I don't think it turns off the video card. The monitor simply powers down into standby/power save mode.
your graphix card doesn't turn off and your monitor isn't remotely controlled. What happens is that your pc stops sending data to the graphics card and thus no data is sent to your monitor. Your monitor detects this loss in signal and goes into power save mode. Some monitors do not have this feature (old old old OLD CRTs) but most do. In away I guess it does remotely control your monitor but in a backdoor sort of whisper in my ear/subconscious sort of way lol.
the reason it is bad to say your graphics card is "shut off" is because all the video processing is done through you card/integrated chip and thus if you're encoding video and your computer decided to turn off the graphics card, your job would be killed. they call it a graphics card because it handles relatively 99% of your graphics related stuff, video decoding etc.
whew. good times.
04-04-2006, 08:02 AM
thnx for a good answer =)