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[Win7] Turn off display fade effect?

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I'm being annoyed by the display fade effect in Windows 7. It's set to something like 5 minutes, which isn't at all unreasonable for a laptop... but when I'm watching flash video that is longer than that, it sometimes fades out. Completely natural, I have no problem with it doing what it's supposed to do. My issue is with HOW it's doing it.

When it starts fading out, there is absolutely no way to make it stop. I have to wait for it to fully fade out before it will let me turn the display back on.

We're talking something in the order of seconds here... certainly not the end of the world, but as I may be watching a stream of the world cup, for example, it can get really bloody annoying. It wasn't like this in XP, it just turned the display off instantly and let you restore it instantly. No frills. :)

So my question is as follows:

Is there a way to turn the FADE effect off, but retain the display turn-off functionality like in previous operating systems?

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if i recall from trying this on my laptop you need to look under power options in the control panel or clicking on the battery icon on the superbar. Then look at which ever power setting you are on and click change plan settings. There should be an option for "display" there

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if i recall from trying this on my laptop you need to look under power options in the control panel or clicking on the battery icon on the superbar. Then look at which ever power setting you are on and click change plan settings. There should be an option for "display" there

The only thing there is the option to turn the functionality off entirely (dim display, apparently), but I only want to turn off the effect associated with the functionality. Ie the gradual fadeout. I still want to retain the display dimming, that is to say where the display is completely blacked out.

I hope this clarifies the issue. :)

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nothing comes to mind on that end of what you are looking for, maybe someone else knows a registry adjustment for that. I just know only that under power options you can adjust how long before the display dims. the only other suggestion I would have to create your own powerplan without dimming just for watching movies and just switch to that when you need to.

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nothing comes to mind on that end of what you are looking for, maybe someone else knows a registry adjustment for that. I just know only that under power options you can adjust how long before the display dims. the only other suggestion I would have to create your own powerplan without dimming just for watching movies and just switch to that when you need to.

Mm, the power plan is the option, I guess. I'd rather not have to do it though, it's a good OS overall, just some very annoying quirks that have been added since the previous releases... it makes no sense, but it's Microsoft so it doesn't have to. ;D

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I don't believe fading slowly is a feature of Windows 7. I've seen this feature included in various iterations of nVidia drivers. None of the three specific implementations I"ve seen has worked correctly, and I can only conclude that the drivers are poorly written. In any case, you may try poking through your video adapter's additional settings (augmented by manufacturer drivers) as well as updating or rolling back your graphics drivers.

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Turn on adaptive display. In Power Options, it'll stop sending the screen to sleep, if you wake it up.

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Turn on adaptive display. In Power Options, it'll stop sending the screen to sleep, if you wake it up.

Where do I find this exactly? I looked, but couldn't actually find anything even like it. :p

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Where do I find this exactly? I looked, but couldn't actually find anything even like it. :p

I think Singh is speaking of "adaptive brightness" which is available to laptops with light sensors on the device itself. If your computer doesn't have an ambient light sensor then the option won't be available. But I doubt this is a solution to your question.

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Where do I find this exactly? I looked, but couldn't actually find anything even like it. :p

It is in the advanced power options.

I think Singh is speaking of "adaptive brightness" which is available to laptops with light sensors on the device itself. If your computer doesn't have an ambient light sensor then the option won't be available. But I doubt this is a solution to your question.

IIRC it is definitely called adaptive display.

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