[mythtv-users] Help me disable screen blanking in FC7

Pamela J. Ashworth (webmail) pashworth at mindspring.com
Wed Oct 10 17:44:47 UTC 2007

-----Original Message-----
>From: David Brodbeck <gull at gull.us>
>Sent: Oct 10, 2007 12:49 PM
>To: Discussion about mythtv <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
>Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Help me disable screen blanking in FC7
>On Oct 10, 2007, at 12:47 AM, James Fidell wrote:
>> Jason McMillon wrote:
>>>> Thanks for the suggestion...
>>>> The following seems to be working for me:
>>>> /usr/bin/xset s off
>>>> /usr/bin/xset -dpms
>>>> I think when I installed xinetd it overwrote my default settings,  
>>>> and
>>>> for some reason
>>>> my perform on login script isn't working.  I am going to drop the
>>>> above in my rc.local file and see if works on reboots.
>>>> Thanks for the help!!
>>>> Jason
>>> Well, neither the rc.local or the above recommendation worked.  The
>>> only thing that works is:
>>> /usr/bin/xset s off
>>> /usr/bin/xset -dpms
>>> Any ideas how to correct.  I am fairly sure it's xinetd doing this.
>>> My start up script is located in /home/mythtv/.kde/Autostart/ and
>>> includes the above but does not seem to work...
>> rc.local isn't likely to work in this case as it gets executed outside
>> the X environment.  I *believe* though, that starting up the window
>> manager (kde/gnome/whatever) turning off the screensaver should be the
>> equivalent of "xset s off".
>Or put the commands in either /etc/X11/xinit/Xsession or /etc/X11/ 
>xinit/xinitrc, depending on whether you're using a graphical login or  
>booting in text mode and running 'startx'.

I had this all fixed till last week when I asked Jay to shove something in my "startup group." And it was back. The dreaded screen blanker. Everything (non command-line-ish) we tried didn't work. Till I (think I) figured out that Jay had created (did you?) a second desktop. I assaulted the screen saver and power management (just for good measure) on desktop 2 (actually it was 1, I think) and lo and behold - turned on the TV in the morning to see bright shiny MythTV, rather than Hideous Grey Screen.
(yeah, I know, but I'm fairly Linux illiterate, so I was pretty pleased with myself. Now if only I could get rid of the 10pm triple-swap complete machine lockups... (btw, Jay - no crash last night - whether it was due to few shows or the fact that I turned the AC to 50 and it was pouring down on the machine, I have no idea.)) 

Pam from Boston
"You're going to have to explain it. Bear with the rest of us mortals as we stumble blindly along in your shadow." -- Stacy, in Sy's House fanfic  "Of a Thursday"

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