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dude71121

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Here's the story:

I'm having a little trouble with my roommate snooping through my stuff. He's stolen some money out of my drawer and all sorts of little things.

Here's what I'm doing:

I have a camera connected to my computer and have a program ready to run to record. I also have LogMeIn which will allow me to access my computer via another computer. However I need my monitor to turn off.

Here's what I need:

I need a program that will allow me to turn off my laptop's monitor, so it looks like the computer has been turned off. I have two programs that do that, but when I access my laptop via another computer, the monitor turns on when I do anything on my laptop. I need a program that will keep the computer screen off unless I use the keyboard in a certain key move, like Ctrl+SHIFT+M or something like that. Not when I move the mouse.

Can someone please help me? Is there a program out there that can help with this!?
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hi,

what make and model laptop do you have ?.

cheers...xxx1
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Dell Inspiron E1705
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sorry i cannot think of a program to help you or one that i'd trust, other than opening your lap and i would rather not go there.

cheers...xxx1
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Alright. Can anyone else help me?
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You could check the power management options in Control Panel. I've got a Dell Latitude and it has a setting for Power Buttons - "When I close the lid of my portable computer:" and the choices are None, Standby, Power Off. I can choose None, close the lid and the computer stays on.

This may or may not be an option for you, but I thought I'd throw it out.
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Ooo! I like, thanks! I'll try that. :whistling:
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good, if you have that option as LindaGail suggested, where is the cam positioned ?, is it prebuilt with lap.
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You may like UltraVNC. It allows you to control a computer remotley, and has the option to blank the monitor and disable input for the computer you are controling. That way not only will no one be able to see what you are doing on the PC, but also can't mess with you :blink:

http://www.ultravnc.com

You may want to test it out first. I've noticed on some computers, the monitor will flicker rather than go completely blank. And then for some computers (mainly between 2 XP computers with different versions of the OS) the program will have video trouble and you will only receive a blank screen upon remoting in.

Hope this helps :whistling:
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Thanks, I'll try that out tonight. :whistling:
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