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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2002 1:12 am    Post subject: Screen goes blank after 15 minutes. Reply with quote

Hello all.

Just wanna say I think Gentoo is a fantastic distro. Keep up the good work.

Enough of that :)

When using my Gentoo box (or any other Linux distro for that matter), or, perhaps I should say, when NOT using my box (or maybe waiting many, many hours for something to compile), the screen will blank itself out after ~15 minutes. I would like to shut this feature off, does anyone know how? I have tried killing apmd, even shutting off power management at CMOS level. I don't know what's next.

Thanks all for the help.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2002 9:18 pm    Post subject: 15 minute black out Reply with quote

It's a "term thing"! the variable is "blank". I'm using "BSD style init", (Slackware) so the setting is in /etc/rc.d/rc.M , which is the initialization script for the "multi user" modes. I assume that the Sys-V style has a similar script somewhare. The line to look for is:
/bin/setterm -blank 15
Simply comment it out by inserting a "#" at the beginning of the line, OR change the "15" to "0" and it's gone for everybody.
If you just want to disable it on a "per user" basis,
/bin/setterm -blank 0
at the command prompt after you log in should do it.
Check the manpage for "setterm" for all kinds of goodies!
man setterm
at the command prompt.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2003 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

xset -dpms

might also work.
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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2003 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Other possibilities:There might be a problem with this during installation as noted in Setterm Set During install to stop screen blanks?.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2004 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This should do the trick:

Code:
echo "setterm -blank" >> /etc/conf.d/local.start

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2005 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

setterm -blank -powersave off -powerdown
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For some reason my screen goes blank when I have no activity. I have screen saver set to two hours and "active screen saver when idle" unchecked. I also have power-management disabled.

I've noticed this behavior when using totem but not sure if it's just with this program or not. It goes out during a movie and I have to touch the mouse to bring the picture back. Any ideas?
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