Windows Power Settings Might Disconnect Ops Console
I'm using Operations Console V5R1M0 as my system
console for an OS/400 V5R1 machine, and I've hit a snag.
When I use the console to save my system (GO SAVE, option
21), the PC5250 terminal session for the system console
(DSP01) will suddenly disconnect in the middle of the
save. I then have to end the PC5250 session and restart it
again by right-clicking on my OS/400 connection in
Operations Console (Ops Console) and selecting the Console
option from the pop-up menu. Of course, this causes
problems during my backup.
Is this an Ops Console problem, and is there a service
pack to fix it? I'm running Ops Console on Windows 2000,
and I'm current on my Client Access Express for Windows
V5R1M0 service packs.
I don't believe this is an Ops Console problem. Instead, I
suspect your problem is a Windows problem and it may
involve your Windows Display properties. Specifically,
this behavior might be caused by the way Ops Console
reacts when the Windows monitor is powered off through its
energy saving settings or when it goes into screen-saver
Perhaps one of these solutions for Windows 2000 will
help solve your problem:
- Deactivate the screen-saver settings on your
PC. It could be that--when the backup is
running--there's a long period of time when nothing
happens on the console and the screen saver is activated.
The console session might become confused with the screen
saver running, and that may be causing your problem.
Deactivate your active screen saver by going into your
Windows 2000 Control Panel and clicking on the Display
icon. On the Display Properties panel that appears, select
the Screen Saver tab and set your designated screen saver
- Disable the Energy Saving Power Management Properties
that turn off the monitor after so many minutes of
inactivity. As part of the Energy Star
program for conservation, many Windows computers have
energy saving features to adjust or turn off the power
settings for computer monitors, systems, or hard disks
when they have been inactive for a specified period of
time. Then, when a key is pressed, Windows restarts the
turned-off device. In your case, this could mean that--as
your Ops Console terminal session was waiting for the
option 21 Save procedure to refresh its PC5250
display--the Energy Star power management tool turned off
the monitor. Perhaps this disconnected or froze your
session when option 21 was ready to redisplay output to
the console. To turn off any monitor power-down device, go
into the Control Panel Display properties again, click on
the Screen Saver tab, and then click on the Power button
to bring up the Power Options Properties screen. On that
screen under the Power Schemes tab, you'll see a dropdown
box labeled Turn Off Monitor. To set your Ops Console
monitor to never power off after a period of inactivity,
change the current setting (which could be set anywhere
from five minutes to five hours) to Never.
Many of these settings are also used for other Windows
operating systems that are set up for energy savings,
although the keystrokes might be a little different
depending on which Windows OS you're using.
Hope this helps.
-- Joe Hertvik
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