Thanks for the quick reply John. Sorry if I didn't explain well enough. I don't mean turning the monitor on and off physically; the monitor stays on. But when the computer goes into standby, the monitor also goes into its own "standby"; the green power light turns amber, so it's still on, but just not receiving signals from the computer. When I said turn on the monitor, I meant having Windows send output to the monitor so that it also "wakes up" and displays data instead of a dark screen.
After reading your response, I performed a quick experiment: I clicked Start > Turn Off Computer > Standby. The computer powered down to standby, computer power LED flashing, monitor dark, monitor power LED amber instead of green. I then pressed the power button to wake up the computer. The computer came out of standby, and it also started sending output to the monitor; the dark screen lit up with Internet Explorer and the power LED went from amber (standby) to green (getting signals from Windows).
So, there's something about mouse movement and the manual wakeup from standby I did above that tells Windows to send signals to the monitor. Waking the computer from standby by scheduling a task wakes the computer, but it doesn't seem to tell Windows to send output to the monitor like mouse movement or pressing the power button does.
So I guess a better way to state my question is :"Is there a way to force Windows to send signals to the monitor through the command line or a scheduled task?"
Edited to add last paragraph above.
Edited by Doonhamer, 16 August 2008 - 04:31 PM.