Turn off screensaver.

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Turn off screensaver.

Post by Ebere » Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:46 pm

This may be the shortest and easiest tutorial, ever. LOL (Well, the tute, part, anyway. The explanation takes the most typing.)

Admins, if this isn't the right place for this, please feel free to relocate it.

The problem: Screensaver just doesn't seem to turn off.

The screen turns off after about 10 minutes no matter what you do. No screensaver settings, or power settings, etc, affect it. Turning off the screensaver, or even uninstalling it does not affect it. It just blanks the screen after ten minutes, no matter what.

This has been a problem for as long as I can remember. It has been a problem with every new release, for a while.

Solutions have ranged from installing and setting up a different screensaver, to writing text files and somehow executing them at startup. Etc.

All the instructions showing writing text files, setting up permissions, going there in the terminal, doing commands in the terminal, etc... after a while just leave my eyes glazed over.

The very simplest solution that I have tried, that actually works is:

Hit the "menu" button.
Go to "control center".
Go to "Startup Applications".
Hit "Add".
Give it whatever name you want. Same with comment...
In the "Command field", type or paste "xset -dpms".
Now hit "Add", and then back out of there.

That's it. You don't have to put in a second line. (Which would be "xset s off", if you had to add it.) Nothing else. Just reboot.

That's all I did. Nothing more, nothing less. I have been paying attention. My screensaver does NOT turn itself on. The screen does not turn off. Nothing like that. I can watch a movie or video without having to move the mouse or hit a key every ten minutes or so!

"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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