I keep a Toshiba Laptop Model L75 in my bedroom at night because sometimes I have to get up in the middle of the night or very early to check on an email or something for work and don't want to go to my home office and get myself fully awake.
All of my computers past and present including a HP desktop when the screensaver comes on the screen goes pitch black and there's no glare coming off the screen, no light at all. However, this Toshiba laptop doesn't go pitch black when the screensaver comes on, the screen kind of looks grey black and emits a light that interferes with sleep. I can't put the computer to sleep while I'm sleeping because I need to keep a program running overnight. My display is bright but so have all my other computers and they don't emit this grayish light coming off the screen. I don't want to have to dim the brightness every night and then adjust it again in the morning, is there anything else that can be causing this to not turn pitch black like my previous HP/Dell laptops or current HP desktop with Dell Monitors?
I can always buy something to tape over the screen at night but I was wondering if perhaps there's some other setting I'm not familiar with or another solution.
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posted: Sep. 8, 2016 @ 5:57a
Sounds like the backlight isn't turning off. You said it needs to keep running a program? That leaves out putting it in hibernation / sleep, which I'm sure would kill the light. How about power settings? Can you check in the Power settings section and make sure that the screen is being turned off as opposed to just a 'blank' screen saver?
Option 1 Change power settings. Set sleep to never. Set turn off display to 15 minutes. No screen saver needed and the computer will be fully on ready to use at a moments notice. Turning off the screen kills the back light completely so no glare
Option 2. If option 1 does not turn off the display, Ie if the program you are running does not allow the computer to go idle, change power settings to allow closing the lid to do nothing as flatbob suggested. And shut the lid.
I had a situation similar to that a number of years ago, and what I ended up doing was turning the laptop 180 degrees away from the bed so the remaining screen light wasn't shining towards me as I was trying to sleep, and I pushed the screen back at a bit of an angle and propped up against the screen (it stayed there well, without having to be fastened) an empty, black lightweight plastic 2-pocket folder (the kind you can buy for 75 cents at Staples or anywhere) which was stiff enough to stand up by itself, not "warp" over, and cover the laptop screen completely, but not so heavy that it inadvertently pressed any keys on the keyboard down (and it was so light that it would not harm the laptop if it accidentally fell over onto the keyboard). It didn't overheat the computer and it blocked almost all of the unwelcome light. When I needed to use the laptop during the night, it took just a second to turn the laptop around and remove the folder in order to see the screen.
(Before I got the black plastic document holder, I had tried covering the screen with white printer paper, a cut-out piece of cardboard, an opaque cloth, etc., but the black plastic 2-pocket folder was the best solution for me. Naturally, you can experiment with stuff that you have on hand at home already and you'll probably get 95% of the light-blocking that you are looking for.)
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