burn-in protection for status displays

February 8, 2011 at 11:51:21
Specs: Windows XP
I use software that displays a relatively static status screen on an LCD monitor. Is there a utility available that protects such a screen from burn in while maintaining the live view of the screen? I heard of a utility that causes a slow moving band to contantly move across the screen, displacing the pixels a little as it does. I can't find this anywhere on the web though.

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February 8, 2011 at 12:28:02
LCD's would take a very, very long time to ever burn in. I would not worry about it.

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February 8, 2011 at 12:45:23
As jefro says, LCDs don't suffer from burn-in as such. But they can suffer from something called image persistance. Normally this is a temporary affliction. (See this reference: http://compreviews.about.com/od/mon...

The simple answer, to me, would seem to be just to set a screen saver, either in the OS or in the monitor itself. Does the screen really have to be visible all the time?

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February 8, 2011 at 13:05:03
The screens are part of a process control system and are monitored 24x7 so we can't use a typical screensaver. We do see the image persistance a little although it is only a minor annoyance and probably not worth a big effort to deal with.

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