[mythtv-users] Mythbuntu becomes non-responsive after inactivity

James Crow james at ultratans.com
Mon Dec 29 17:30:11 UTC 2008

On Thu, 2008-12-25 at 07:42 -0800, Bill White wrote:
> After about 20-30 minutes of inactivity, my installation of Mythbuntu
> (1 week old) turns off monitor output and becomes apparently
> non-responsive to input from the mouse, keyboard or remote.  I say
> apparently, because switching consoles (e.g. alt-ctrl-F5) then back to
> alt-ctrl-F7 will recover functionality.
> I discovered this, as well as a possible solution, on Tuesday while
> researching the problem, but have managed to lose the bookmark, and am
> as-of-yet unable to reproduce my steps in finding it.  I remember that
> the potential fix was a change to xorg.conf, and that the attribute
> being set was a boolean.
> Can anyone help?

On my Mythbuntu 8.10 the system wakes up when I press a key on the
remote. It also does not turn the video off while I am actually watching
something. (Automatic commercial skip means I may not touch the remote
for 1.5 hours while watching a show.) For me there is no need to disable
the screen blanking.

If you look in the mythfrontend.log file you will see Myth disable DPMS
when you start to watch something. DPMS is enabled while just sitting at
a menu. If you want to disable DPMS control set:

Option	"DPMS"	"bool"

For the monitor you want to change.

You may also want to look at the screen saver setting in XFCE.


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