[mythtv-users] Screensaver disabling

Owen B. Mehegan owen at nerdnetworks.org
Mon Jun 23 04:38:13 UTC 2008

Try 'xset s off' in addition to 'xset -dpms.'

On Jun 22, 2008, at 8:48 PM, Rich West wrote:

> Jerry Rubinow wrote:
>> On Sat, Jun 21, 2008 at 2:56 AM, Bill Williamson <bill at bbqninja.com
>> <mailto:bill at bbqninja.com>> wrote:
>>    On Sat, Jun 21, 2008 at 3:13 PM, Jerry Rubinow <jerrymr at gmail.com
>>    <mailto:jerrymr at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>> I've searched for the answer to this question, but have only
>>    found solutions
>>> to similar problems, not any that help with mine.  I'm sure it's
>>    something
>>> trivial that I'm overlooking.
>>> After ten minutes, the screen blanks.  Using the remote or the
>>    keyboard
>>> wakes it up.  I'm running Ubuntu Hardy Heron w/ gnome desktop, Myth
>>> 0.21-fixes.  I've disabled both the screensaver and power management
>>> preferences through the desktop for the account that runs
>>    mythfrontend.  I
>>> have the system set to autologin that account.  The .dmrc runs a
>>    session
>>> which runs a script that has a /usr/bin/xset -dpms in it.  But
>>    still with
>>> the blanking after ten minutes.
>>> Thanks for any pointers,
>>> Jerry
>>    While watching movies, or while at the main screen?
>>    I'm running hardy and it does that at the main screen, which is  
>> (IMO)
>>    desirable....
>>    If you run mythfrontend from the command line you can see the DPMS
>>    calls.  Perhaps it is turning it back on after you watch one  
>> video?
>> It only blanks when the machine is idle/in the menu, not when a video
>> is playing.  If I start up the frontend and let it sit there, before
>> I've watched any video, it will blank after ten minutes.
>> The reason I don't want it to blank is that it makes it look like the
>> TV isn't on and it's easy to forget to turn it off.
>> I'll try running it from the command line. and see what happens.
> Simple, but alternative, solution would be to start up xscreensaver.
> MythTV will fire off xscreensaver when the system sits idle at an OSD
> menu, but it will disable xscreensaver when you are watching TV,  
> videos,
> etc.
> That way, you get both the effect of saving your screen (TV/Computer)
> from potential burn-in and it will be extremely obvious the screen has
> been left on. :)
> -Rich
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