From: Ulrich Peters
Subject: Re: Urgent help needed to blank monitor
Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2002 20:41:34 -0200
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Thank you for your post.
> I gather your application is a Win2000 application, then.
Actually, it is not. It is a Java program, compiled into a Windows
executable. It could run on any flavor of Windows, as long as the Java
runtime is installed, not just on Windows 2000. That platform was chosen
because we already have aquired a lot of licenses, and the operating
system has not given any problems, even with the software running for
days, even weeks.
> However, Win2000's normal video/monitor drivers will probably
> *not* configure things that way for you during its boot up time
> or while it starts your application. But on the other hand, it
> may still be possible for you to write a small ring 0 tool as
> part of the video/monitor driver which will arrange things so
> that it happens as you desire. I'm not positive it is possible,
> but from what little I know about it, I think its worth a little
Please excuse my ignorance, what is a ring 0 tool?
The problem I see in software-based solutions is that the user settings
(like video driver, screen resolution, etc) are set *after* the boot. So
it doesn't much good to write a software which is activated only when
the kernel is already loaded and has shown a number of indesired dialogs
on the screen.