Dell PoweEdge 1600SC
ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro 256MB PCI graphics adaptor
Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala"
Linux 2.6.31-22-generic #69-Ubuntu SMP Wed Nov 24 08:51:08 UTC 2010 i686
ATI fglrx drivers
Set up for dual-head display using two Princeton 19" monitors
Using the Gnome desktop and screensaver
At some point, I suspect since the last kernel upgrade, I've begun experiencing a problem when the screen locks: I tap a key on the keyboard and the monitors wake up, but I get no "unlock" dialog. I can usually Ctrl-Alt-F1, login and gracefully reboot the system, but sometimes I have to hit hard reset. For now I've disabled the screensaver in "System -> Preferences -> screensaver" (I assume that'll stop the problem), but that's not an optimal solution.
There's an OSS screensaver on windows that I love called PixelCity (links:blog post, github). it's pretty cool. and it runs fine on my Ubuntu (Karmic 9.10) with wine.Is there a way I can tell the gnome-screensaver about it so I can use it as one of my screensavers? I'm still fairly new to Gnome and the whole "screensavers as themes" thing is still confusing me.I've found my themesdir and tried to create a .desktop file for it, but obviously I've gotten something wrong as it just doesn't show when I open the screensaver prefs dialog, no error, no message, it's just not there.
Installing the xscreensaver packages added the extra screensavers I was missing, and I'm a pixelcity away from perfection..Of course the perfect solution would be if someone ported the screensaver natively to linux, which shouldn't be too hard as the source is open, it already runs on openGL and tries to confine most windows stuff to a single file. But I don't know C++ or 3D code or win/linux internals so I wouldn't know where to start..
have you ever tried to type into xterm ? (output of 5-11.1): Code: xscreensaver-command -lock xscreensaver-command: no screensaver is running on display :0.0 If it is working for you, which version of xscreensaver do you have?
This issue was resolved in Lucid and Maverick; now it's back... This happens after only 2-3 minutes, even when the screen saver is set to activate after 20 minutes. I believe this has something to do with ACPI power management.
I have a computer whose display I want active all the time, but that I don't want people coming up to and doing anything on. At the same time, I want the keyboard and mouse to remain connected because even though they will seldom be needed, when they are needed it's important that they be available quickly.I guess I'm looking for a screensaver that doesn't save the screen. Something that prevents the mouse and keyboard from doing anything unless a PAM authentication is entered, just like a screensaver would
I wanted to get a screensaver as my background so I installed xscreensaver didn't work out to the way I wanted to so I removed it apt-get remove xscreensaver then it asked for some other packages to be removed so I did apt-get autoremove xscreensaver was still there working instead of gnome-screensaver so I did a command search to find folders of xscreensaver and remove them whereis xscreensaver and it did remove them, but gnome-screensaver still doesn't start up.
I've tried this command gnome-Message: screensaver-command --activate but I get this error: Message: Screensaver is not running!
I've tried googling for a way to start gnome-screensaver in terminal but no joy, anyone know how to get this to start.
The Gnome Screensaver preferences window is freezing my desktop. I went into synaptic and tried to remove it (to use xscreensaver instead). But synaptic, in removing gnome-screensaver package, wanted to ADD a bunch of packages, lots of KDE stuff (which I don't want). Is there any way around this? If not, is there a way to reset the gnome-screensaver config file (whatever it is) so that it doesn't freeze on startup? This problem arose after I selected a particular screensaver in the gui window.
Although xscreensaver is much better and liked by many users, the Ubuntu devs replaced it with gnome-screensaver simply cause -
1) It's integrates better with the gnome-desktop. 2) It follows release cycles of Gnome.
Since the devs and admins won't listen, we users have to clean their **** up and this is the howto - In Ubuntu, the gnome-screensaver is running; but xscreensaver is better, so we need to replace it. The gnome-screensaver runs as a daemon...removing this gnome-screensaver package will remove this executable also -
This is a bit complicated to discribe because I don't know the cause, but this problem has been happening for some time (over a few years and generations of kernals), with different Gnome distributions, including Ubuntu (and family) and Fedora. When using Gnome (and only Gnome), I frequently see the screen dim. At the same time, all processes will be locked up. This may happen for a second or two, or it make require a reboot. The mouse can usually move and the underlying program GUIs are still visible, it's just that one or more of the GUIs will be dimmed. This is usually most noticeable with a browser, but that may just be a coincidence.
I'm running 11.3 with GNOME on my Dell Inspiron 1525 with on board Intel video card. I had 11.2 64 bit running but did a fresh install of 11.3 with the 32 bit version. When the problems started occurring (locking up, logging out by itself, applications crashing that were fine in 11.2...), I tried reinstalling. When that didn't help I tried the 64 bit 11.3 but the problems keep happening. I can't get any work done. I've noticed that these occur while the computer is idle (either screensaver or later after the display has been turned off). I'll come back to my computer and notice that either the computer is locked up (screensaver frozen, audio on a one-second-loop...) and have to restart the computer or I come back to find the login screen waiting for me (and obviously have a new session when I log in).
I am on Ubuntu 10.04, and I think I have had this problem since I installed it. When I type my password into gnome-screensaver and click "Unlock," all the buttons become disabled and the cursor turns into the "busy" look. I have to go into one of the virtual terminals and do "killall gnome-screensaver." This happens maybe 75% of the time when the screen locks.
Also, this last week or two there is a new problem where the gnome-screensaver covers only part of the screen and I can still see and use most of the desktop.
Everytime I unlock my screen in KDE from the screensaver the background for the Gnome interface momentarily appears before the KDE plasma workspace returns. It only appears for a second and, sure, I can live with it but I wondered if there is a way to fix it and why it is happening in the first place? I initially installed ubuntu 10.4 then installed kubuntu through the package manager and have since upgraded to 10.10 and now 11.4. I think this problem has been here since install of kubuntu
I'm running Fedora 12 and the last couple days I have noticed my screensaver will not start anymore. I did a yum update a few days ago don't know if there is a connection between the two. I've just started to Google the topic. Found different culprits ranging from dbus problems to buggy code.
I'm using a x86_64 PC running kernel 126.96.36.199-170.fc12.x86_64. My Gnome version is 2.28.2. The Gnome-screensaver version is 2.28.3-1.fc12.x86_64.
I often need to login into various accounts. In Debian 7 I always was able to copy and paste passwords from text files if I was asked for an input, but now the textfield for password input locks the whole system and I can't do anything else before I have supplied the password. Is there any way of restoring the old behaviour to make password input forms (like the request for GPG key passwords in Evolution) just being an addintional app-window instead of an input request, that locks everything else? I want to be able to open the proper file with the login data when prompted for it.
I know I could theoretically solve this issue by using a general system wide main key which would supply all individual login data, but I want to memorize some often needed phrases by actually typing them when I need them. I just want the possibility to open text files for copy and paste when I'm prompted for a password if this is something I don't even want to remember.
I have created a PyGTK app (a binary clock) that I would like to turn into a screensaver. I added the .desktop file to /usr/share/applications/screensavers/ but all I get when I select it is a black screen. On the GnomeScreensaver FAQ (here) it says to use a gsthemewindow as the toplevel window, but the libraries given are in C. Is there any way to:Import this C library to get access to this toplevel window, Convert this GTK+ C library to PyGTK, or use a pygtk app as a screensaver in some other way?
I am trying to get the KDE Media screen saver working in GNOME. Is there a way to use kde's screensaver program in gnome on startup, instead of gnome's screen saver program? Basically, I am trying to disable gnome's screensaver, and load kde's program in its place at gnome startup.
all I wanted to get was the "rss-glx"-package as additional screensavers. I am not proud of the results:So I used the Synaptic tool, and since that time the gnome-screensaver shows a black screen instead of any GL-animation in the preview-windows (the small and the big one). The simple screensavers still work (e.g. the Gnome feets).I propably made it worse when trying to uninstall gnome-screensaver and installing xscreensaverxscreensaver crashed on each preview (if the screensaver was installed) and printed an "exited abnormally" (yellow lines on a black screen).Then I was trying to get the original state back - without any "rss-glx".Still not succeeding, the GL-screensavers show nothing except a black screen (e.g. AntSpotLight).So what do I have to do to get back the original state (or to run rss-glx)
I was wondering how to create a GNOME screensaver from a video file? I don't really care what video format the screensaver creator supports because I can always transcode the video with ffmpeg or mencoder. I also, don't care if the creator uses proprietary formats such as mpeg, mpeg4, avi, etc. I do however want the program to create an installable screensaver.
I have gnome-screensaver on fedora 10 on an intel mac (laptop) under power, screensaver works fine. On battery, the screensaver never activates, it will eventually go to sleep though. I'm kind of new to fedora.
When I resume my computer from suspend (or after it goes to screensaver), I am sometimes unable to log back in. The message on the lock box simply says 'Timeout has expired' or something to that effect.There is no way to get around that, all I can do is cold-boot loosing all the work I was doing (unsaved).I do not have desktop effects enabled.Running Gnome 2.32, OpenSUSE 114., n550 proc and x3150 Intel GMA
USB driver bug exposed as "Linux plug&pwn" or this link.Two choices [GNOME, Fedora 14]:
1 - use the gnome-screensaver
2 - use the "switch user" function [gnome menu -> log out -> switch user]
So the question is: which one is the safer method to lock the screen, if a user leaves the pc? Is it true, that using the  method is safer?Why do i think this? - The gnome-screensaver is just a "process", it could be killed. But if you use the log out/switch user function, it's "something else". Using the "switch user" function, could there be a problem like with the gnome-screensaver? Could someone "kill a process" and presto...the lock is removed?Could the GDM [??] "login windows process" [e.g.: a picture of it] get killed and the "lock" gets owned?
p.s.: if the  method is safer, then how can i put an icon on the GNOME panel, to launch the "switch user" action by 1 click?
what file do you set the defaults in? I want to set all my users to use a blank screensaver and a time out of 20min. password required. Have been looking all over the place for a valid config file I can edit and the syntax for it. I should also mention I want these to be default for all user that CANNOT be changed except by root. Red Hat running gnome in my case.
I have a fresh install of OpenSUSE 11.4 64bit and I have installed the AMD Display drivers for my Radeon HD 5970. Everything seems to be working quite well. I have a multiple monitor setup (1280x1024 monitor and a 1920x1080 monitor).
I have my primary display set to 1920x1080, however when I try to enable the second display, I get a CRTC error that the display is over the maximum (1920x1920). If I enable both monitors at lower resolutions, there is no problem.
I have done a fair bit of reading and have been unable to determine where this maximum is set, or how to change it. I'd like to be able to run both monitors at their native resolutions.
I keep getting messages that I need to update fuse gnome-screensaver and gnutils security updates. However, everytime I try to update either by YAST Online Update or the toolbar icon, it fails to update. The message is that can't remove fuse, gnutls, etc.