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Externally Visible Progress Reporting

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132631D
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 200K

Publishing Venue

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method that reduces power consumption by not requiring the primary display to be the only means to report the status of a process.

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Externally Visible Progress Reporting

Disclosed is a method that reduces power consumption by not requiring the primary display to be the only means to report the status of a process.

Background

Currently, the status of a process is presented on the primary display; this does not allow for the display to conserve power when the user is waiting for the process to be completed.

General Description

The disclosed method reduces power consumption by not requiring the primary display to be the only means to report the status of a process. The disclosed method runs as a background application, monitoring the status of other applications (see Figure 1). It powers down the primary display until the job is finished, and powers on after the job is complete, after which time other power management systems may take over.

After the progress information is gathered from applications, the monitoring program provides information to the hardware. It reports the combined statuses of all monitored applications, or the status of a specific application to the disclosed method’s external progress status device. This external progress status device consists of a display unit that is capable of showing multiple states. These states are interpreted as different levels of progress for the processes being monitored. The following are the three implementations of the disclosed method:

§         Software only. The progress bar is monitored by another application that powers down the primary display, and notif...