Windows 10: How do I prevent Display from turning off when playing audio? POWERCFG

  1.    08 May 2018 #1

    How do I prevent Display from turning off when playing audio? POWERCFG


    I recently installed the iHeart Radio app on my Windows 10 PC. After 10 minutes my PC Display turned off. Seems the app doesn't keep the PC Display from turning off. In my power settings, I have my display set to turn off after 10 minutes and computer to sleep to never. How can I use POWERCFG to prevent my display from turning off when the iHeart app is playing? Actually, it would be nice that it doesn't turn off when ANY audio is playing. Thanks for any help...
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  2.    08 May 2018 #2

    In power settings, just set monitor to never turn off.
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  3. davidhk's Avatar
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    windows 10 Home threshold2
       08 May 2018 #3

    Kusaywa said: View Post
    In my power settings, I have my display set to turn off after 10 minutes and computer to sleep to never. How can I use POWERCFG to prevent my display from turning off when the iHeart app is playing?
    Since you have set to turn off display after 10 minutes, it will do so no matter what program you are running at the time.
    You cannot make "exceptions" on specific programs. It can't be done.
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  4.    08 May 2018 #4

    Not so... As you can see by the below, when playing music in Windows Media Player the following occurs preventing the PC display from turning off. The question would be is how/if you can apply this to any program you want or when any audio is playing.

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
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    C:\windows\system32>powercfg -requests
    DISPLAY:
    [PROCESS] \Device\HarddiskVolume2\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.ex
    e
    SYSTEM:
    [DRIVER] Conexant HD Audio (HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_14F1&DEV_50A1&SUBSYS_10280585&RE
    V_1001\4&372b2508&0&0201)
    An audio stream is currently in use.
    [DRIVER] \FileSystem\srvnet
    An active remote client has recently sent requests to this machine.
    [PROCESS] \Device\HarddiskVolume2\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.ex
    e
    AWAYMODE:
    None.

    C:\windows\system32>
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  5. pepanee's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Professional
       09 May 2018 #5

    Kusaywa

    Yes, you're right. I have set my display to turn off after 3 minutes of inactivity, yet I watch YouTube videos that last about 10 minutes without letting the Display turn off. I never move the mouse. Hence you are correct.

    I want you to look in the settings of iHeart Radio app on your computer and see if there's some option that you can fix that with. That option 'may' exist, yet I'm not sure. If you cannot find that option, then you should contact that app's developers/submit bug or such to tell them that when you play music on there, your computer becomes 'inactive' and causes your screen settings to turn off the monitor. Say you always want the monitor to stay on when you have that app running/avoid the monitor from going into "screen saver" mode.

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  6.    09 May 2018 #6

    The only thing I found was iHeart has a built-in sleep timer but setting it to say 1 hour doesn't change the situation. My PC is hooked up to my TV which I think is compounding the problem. I haven't tested it but I believe if I had a monitor and separate speakers plugged into the PC, you could still hear the music playing even if the display turns off. I think because it's a TV, once the display goes off, so does the audio. I will have to run the powercfg -requests while iHeart is running. I'm willing to bet I get the same result as the example in my previous post except for the "DISPLAY:" portion. I will post my results.
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