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How to get the power state of a monitor?(working, low power or soft off)

Posted on 2004-09-23
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Maybe this API function can do, but I don't know how to get the handle of the monitor.
Could you help me?

BOOL GetDevicePowerState(  HANDLE hDevice,  BOOL* pfOn);
[in] Handle to an object on the device, such as a file or socket, or a handle to the device itself.
[out] Pointer to the variable that receives the power state. This value is TRUE if the device is in the working state. Otherwise, it is FALSE.
Question by:unniuX
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Svetlin_Panayotov earned 150 total points
ID: 12140354
Here's a MFC class that contains the info you need - or at least how to get monitor's name.After retrieving it you can call CreateFile to get the handle.

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ID: 12149210
I tried to use CreatedFile("\\\\.\\DISPLAY1",....) to get the monitor's handle , but it returned 5 (Access is denied). How to do?

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ID: 12152953
Do you use Win NT (XP,2000,NT4)?
If you do - make sure you have admin rights.

Author Comment

ID: 12167467
Thanks, Svethlin. But there's no way to get the handle of a monitor, because "the DISPLAY symbolic link is off-limits to everyone, including users with administrator rights. The premise behind this is that the Windows NT kernel should be the only one that has control of the video display. "

refer to : http://www.eu.microsoft.com/msj/0398/driver.aspx

I'v given up on it. Bye!

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