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Hardware assisted screen-saver/suspend function termination

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013089D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Dec-14
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-12
Document File: 1 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Hardware assisted screen-saver/suspend function termination Hardware assisted screen-saver/suspend function termination Abstract: Today more and more computer systems such as desktop systems and portables are being used for on-line education, presentations, slide-shows and movies. There is nothing more annoying than to have the screen saver turn on during the presentation. Most users like to keep the screen saver function on for the most part except when they are using their PCs in this mode (eduction or entertainment). For this reason, it makes sense to have a hardware button that can turn on the screen saver or quickly turn it off. Summary: The invention allows the user to push a single button to enable screen saver and then push the same button to disable it. In the case that power management is enabled, it would also prevent the system from suspending into a power saving mode.

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Hardware assisted screen-saver/suspend function termination Hardware assisted screen-saver/suspend function termination Abstract:

Today more and more computer systems such as desktop systems and portables - are being used for on-line education, presentations, slide-shows and movies. There is nothing more annoying than to have the screen saver turn on during the presentation. Most users like to keep the screen saver function on for the most part except when they are using their PCs in this mode (eduction or entertainment). For this reason, it makes sense to have a hardware button that can turn on the screen saver or quickly turn it off.

Summary:

The invention allows the user to push a single button to enable screen saver and then push the same button to disable it. In the case that power management is enabled, it would also prevent the system from suspending into a power saving mode.

Details: The invention consists of the following-

a. A button found in the proximity of the keyboard that serves to turn the screen saver/suspend function on/off
b. Software that responds to the push of the function button and performs the desired action
c. Access to a storage location in a temporary location - memory or disk - to store parameters and state information

There are two states:

Action 1: Turn Screen saver/suspend mode off:

The software responds to the push of the button by copying the screen saver time value into a temporary location. It then sets the screen saver function...