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© Niklas 'Tanis of TCB' Malmqvist

by Michael Bittner

As computer monitors grow older, they have a tendency that is,
to say it plainly, not very nice: They tend to 'remember'
whatever is usually displayed, so that you can even see it when
the monitor is turned off.
This 'burning in' of an image specifically happens on the ST's
monochrome monitor, and the thing you're most likely to see is
the border (or, when you've been word processing a lot, the pull-
down menu of your word processor).
This is not nice.

So that's why programs exist that 'turn off' the screen after x
minutes have passed. They are called "Night", "Dark" or "Black"
or whatever, and likewise is mine: It's called "Nite".
Whereas most of these other programs are either an accessory
(taking up a valuable slot and quite a bit more of memory) or
they use external sync (can be lethal for your monitor!), I wrote
one that is not an accessory and that will not damage your
monitor. Instead, it does take up 32 Kb of memory.
I guess it's just a matter of priorities.
The source is present in the PROGRAMS folder of this ST NEWS
disk, and you can also see it down here.
The time after which the screen will be blackened can be
determined in the first line of the program. The value put in
'delay0' should be the amount of timer ticks - number of minutes
times 60 (seconds per minute) times 200 (timer ticks per

;*********************** NITE-PROGRAM ***************************
;by Michael Bittner, October 18th 1990, for "ST NEWS"


move.l #3*60*200,delay0 ;3 min
clr.w move_flag

pea install_vectors(pc)
move #38,-(sp)
trap #14 ;SUPEXEC
addq.l #6,sp

;*** keep resident ***
clr.w -(sp)
move.l #end_prog-start_prog+256+32256,-(sp)
move #$31,-(sp)
trap #1

;*** set new vectors ***
move.l $4ba.w,old_4ba
;--- change keyboard ---
move.l $118.w,old_kbd
move.l #new_kbd,$118.w
;--- change vbl ---
move.l $70.w,old_vbl
move.l #new_vbl,$70.w

;*** new keyboard-interrupt ***
move.l d0,-(sp)
move.l $4ba.w,d0
sub.l old_4ba(pc),d0
cmp.l delay0(pc),d0
blt.s waitlonger
move.l $4ba.w,old_4ba
;--- timeout ---
tst nite_flag
bne.s waitlonger ;-> already dark
move #-1,nite_flag
clr.w move_flag
;--- switch away !!!! ---
move.l $ffff8200.w,save_scraddr ;old screen address
move.l #screen+256,d0 ;new screen-adress
lsr.w #8,d0
move.l d0,$ffff8200.w
move $ffff8240.w,save_color
clr.w $ffff8240.w ;black
;--- switch back ? ---
tst nite_flag
beq.s vbl_ready
tst move_flag
beq.s vbl_ready
;--- switch back !!!! ---
clr.l $45e.w
move.l save_scraddr,$ffff8200.w
move.w save_color(pc),$ffff8240.w
clr.w nite_flag
move.l (sp)+,d0
jmp $123456

;*** new vbl-interrupt ***
move #-1,move_flag
move.l $4ba.w,old_4ba ;start delay again

jmp $123456


move_flag: ds.w 1
delay0: ds.l 1
old_4ba: ds.l 1
nite_flag: ds.w 1
save_color: ds.w 1
save_scraddr: ds.l 1

screen: ds.b 32256


That's all there is to it. The source was written in HiSoft's
"Devpac", but it's probably dead-easy to adapt it for other

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