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when leaving my linux mint 14 (nadia) box on its own for a couple of minutes, it logs me out and switches off the screen.
Behaviour was for several months, that I moved the mouse, the screen lightened up and there was a password prompt.
For a few days now the prompt doesn't show up any more.
Adding to that, there are slight differences in the desktop's appearance:
1) The "Menu" button in the lower left corner has changed its font.
2) The start menu is semi-transparent, which it hasn't always been.
3) Start menu's browser button is set to "Firefox", I had mine set to "Opera".
The opera quick launch is still where it used to be, though.
I suspect it all began with an update, but I really cannot remember anymore whether or not that's true.
Any ideas how to get the login screen back to log me in? It's really tedious to Ctrl+Alt+Back and create a new session and losing everything that has been open.
Last edited by lukeer; 02-04-2014 at 04:18 PM.
Reason: grammar & spelling
For the password prompt issue:
I have the same on one monitor, it doesn't wake up automatically.
My simple solution:
1) Just type the password, the prompt is most likely there only you can't see it. (I have 2 monitors connected, one always comes alive the other doesn't. And that's where the password prompt normally appears... )
2) Turn monitor power off and then on again. At least my monitor starts working properly this way.
The other things, yes I believe they are caused by updates.
When I updated my Linux Mint (don't remember version, they switch too fast!) I lost my desktop config entirely.
There are some ways to get the original settings back, but honestly the easiest way is to just reconfigure.
That's a slightly different behaviour. My monitor does power up and shows me a "You are currently logged out" screen. That includes the desktop background, only a little darker, and a clock on the left side.
When I see it next time, I'll try to just type the password, as you suggested.
As of yesterday, I wiggled the mouse, screen went back on and after hitting any key it displayed the login form. I typed and hit "enter". But the darkish (or desaturated?) version of desktop's background image stayed, along with it the date and time. And I could move the mouse to see the cursor change its appearance, resize windows, tell where there are text input fields.
It looks like there is just a redraw operation missing to tell all the windows to show up.