I often leave a DVD in my DVD writer and what I was wondering was, is there a command or hack that will enable the motor to shut off after a certain length of time when there is no activity? I just think it's a waste having the motor run continously as surely this lessens the motors life as I leave the PC on for long periods of time and when I am online say, that motor is still active.
I have looked under Power Options in XP but can't see anything there apart from references to the monitor and hard drive! I wonder if there is a software program that can do this assuming that there's no command or hack in XP? Thanks in advance for your help folks! :0)
I think the only way to get what your after,would be if its possible to create a shortcut to "Device Manager/Hardware/DVD" and choose "disable" Without a shortcut on the desktop,it really would be easiest to remove the disc.My scanner needed disabling in Device Manager,as it refused to switch off after use,and even opening "My Computer" would set it off scanning(it was bought for use in 98se,and I had this trouble even when using the HP driver actually for XP)I never got round to looking up info on creating a shortcut to enable/disable it. :-)
if you are running windows xp and you like to leave your computer running for any length of time then all you have to do is put the computer on stanby when you log out of windows this parks your hard drive heads and should turn off your dvd when you want to restart the computer just press the space bar and hey presto you are back where you left off and no worse for wear excuse the pun?
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