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Old 07-10-2006, 03:50 PM   #1
lurko
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getting xscreensaver/dmps to ignore screen 0.1?


what I want is to be able to start an avi/mpeg/whatever in mplayer on my tv (this much I have sorted ), and then be able to have my monitor fall into standby without blanking my tvscreen. basically I want xscreensaver and dpms to ignore my TV completely, and only affect my monitor. And I'd like to be able to use my keyboard while mplayer is in focus too(without affecting the monitor).

i'm using the latest nvidia driver (8762), and I have a multi screen setup, not twinview (crt is srcreen 0, tv is screen 1).
I've given up trying to use the kde screensaver, and have setup xscreensaver in kde's autostart folder like so:
Code:
[Desktop Entry]
Exec=xscreensaver -no-splash -display thegrudgeling:0.0
Name=XScreensaver
Type=Application
X-KDE-StartupNotify=false
I can get dpms to turn off/standby the monitor while playing a video on the TV, but this also blanks my tv while the video plays on underneath. and screensavers (which I'd rather just skip entirely anyway..) display on both screens.


I've also tried bybassing all that jazz by modifying my tvout script to try to send my monitor into standby whenever I play a video. I know next to nothing about writing scripts however..
Code:
#!/bin/sh

DISPLAY=:0.1 /usr/bin/mplayer -fs -cache 20000 "$*" &
DISPLAY=:0.0 xset dpms force standby
I added the xset line and then realized I needed an ampersand... anyway what I came up with(or rather what I found on some site) didn't work, the video loads on the tv under a blank screen, the monitor goes into standby at the same time, but it immediately comes back on (presumably due to the video playing..), while the tv stays blank until I move the mouse. running xset first has the same result.


So is this possible? the man page says "For displays with multiple screens, XScreenSaver will manage all screens on the display simultaniously." does that mean the -display option is basically useless on dual-head setup??

any info/insight will be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 07-13-2006, 02:30 PM   #2
lurko
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ok after seeing a few eminently google-able questions get answered, I think I should be permitted a wee bump...

I can't be the only person here with a monitor and a tv plugged in... what do the rest of you do about your monitor just sitting there when you're watching something on your TV?? There has to be someone on this board with some idea of what I should be looking into or with an alternative method altogether for using my TV.. or SOMETHING, ANYTHING??
 
  


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