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Independent Screensaver Timeout -- Multi-Monitor

I just bought a 2nd monitor for a dual-display setup and I find that during the regular course of work, my second monitor isn't used for long stretches of time.

To avoid burn-in, what I'd like to do is have a screensaver run on the 2nd monitor ONLY while I continue working on the 1st (primary) monitor.

When the mouse moves over to the 2nd monitor, the screensaver quits...
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GenBayer
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GenBayer
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lee555J5Commented:
Other than turning the second monitor off when you do not need it and turning it on when you do, ... ;-) 
I do not think this is possible. Windows treats what you can see as a workspace, and it is all or none. Any activity wakes up the entire workspace. This is still true even if you are using virtual desktop manager such as Dexpot or VirtuaWin--multiple desktops, but still one workspace.
Move an app such as Outlook or IM to the second monitor. I think you will find you will "need" that monitor more than you currently anticipate. :-)
Lee
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GenBayerAuthor Commented:
What are you thoughts on burn-in for newer LCD monitors?

I have a pair of Dell 2209WA (IPS Panels)
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lee555J5Commented:
We do not use our monitors as airports do with the arrivals and departures screens that show the same elements in the same locations 24/7. Mine at home are on in the day as we use it, but it sleeps most of the time. At work, it is on for 8-10 hours constant, but stuff moves around on the screens.
The bottom line: I do not think there is a problem. Early models years ago, yes. Now, no, especially with our usage habits. I would not worry.
As I said, you will "use" both more than you think. :-)
Lee
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naveencnairCommented:

Try the software "Ultramon". You can effectively manage the Wallpapers and screensaver for multiple monitors using this.

http://www.realtimesoft.com/ultramon/
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lee555J5Commented:
@naveencnair: I looked at UltraMon before I posted and again after your post, and I do not think it does exactly what the Asker wants. It helps put screensavers, even different screensavers per monitor, on all monitors. However, I do not think it enables you to work on one monitor while a screensaver is active on another.
I have never used UltraMon, but I did not see this specific capability on the site. Also, my experience and understanding of the desktop/workspace system tells me this is not possible. However, I am willing to learn something new if proven wrong. :-)
Lee
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Zak GunnellsIT Infrastructure ManagerCommented:
I actually run 4 monitors on my desktop, and they are on 24/7/365 with no screen saver, and with the new LCD monitors burn in is a thing of the past, so it shouldn't be a problem leaving the 2nd one on when not using it.  But if you have some concern, you can always turn your background to black and not have any icons on it.
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GenBayerAuthor Commented:
That's not a bad idea, but I've got so many items on the desktop, that the 2nd monitor really helps in clearing the clutter.

I had a DELL 2005WFP before and after about 3 or so years, there was massive memory effect. If I left the My Computer window open and static for even 5mins, the moment I switched to another application I could see outline of the My Computer window. It would fade away about 20 - 30 seconds later.

I'm using Ultramon in fact and they only offer the option to set different screensaver for multiple monitors. There is no way that I've found to interdependently control the timing .

A second video card wouldn't get around the issue of a single workspace either right?
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lee555J5Commented:
No. It is still a single workspace.
Lee
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lee555J5Commented:
As I said, you can turn it off. But then you could talk about multiple thermal cycles on the monitor. ;-)
Does the documentation that came with it say anything about burn-in in the warranty? You could ask. It should still be usable even with burn-in, albeit annoying. :-)
Lee
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