holadebeto wrote:Hello James,
Well, this may sound goofy, but I just uninstalled mate screen saver and installed xscreensaver and it doesn't activate during movies, etc., from VLC, and movie player.
xscreensaver does come up with an error, but it doesn't seem to affect the program in any way I can see. It also reliably (so far) activates while we're not using the computer just like it should.
My case appears to be solved, wish there was a solution for everyone - there sure seems to be a lot of folks with the same problem out there.
I'm using 64bit Mint 13 mate install.
Me too - 64 bit Mint 13 mate install. Same problem.
Out of all the solutions I tried, researching various tutorials and guides, the above is the only one that worked. Caffeine, gnome-screensaver, options in VLC--none of that worked. The screensaver would interrupt every show without fail. After 3 to 4 hours of trial and error and research on various web sites, I did the following. Installed x-screensaver, and a couple of screen shows that I don't think are necessary. I set the screensaver interval to 1 minute for testing purposes. The screensaver continued to interrupt videos. Then I uninstalled mate-screensaver. That did not work either, something was still going on. Then I tried rebooting, an old trick from Windows, and that worked! At last the screensaver quit interrupting movies. After installing x-screensaver and uninstalling mate-screensaver and then rebooting, the screensaver will NOT interrupt a show. It will also work during normal desktop use. However, the settings in x-screensaver are not used unless you click on screensaver settings in the Preferences menu. Then you will get the error message that holadebeto is talking about, something about can't find monitor on d:0. Then the x-screensaver settings will be active, for instance whichever variety of screensaver you select.
My desktop runs 64-bit Kubuntu 13.04, my htpc runs 64-bit Linux Mint Nadia Xfce, my answering machine runs 64-bit windows 7, and my laptop runs 64-bit Linux Mint Nadia KDE. Each seems suited to its purpose.