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I have a Sony flat panel monitor (SDM-X52) attached to my SuSE Linux Server, and I have disabled the screen saver because I want the monitor up all the time. In a place I have yet to find, there must be a setting that will stop the OS from making my monitor go off. When I come back and hit the mouse it's back on, but within 15 minutes, it goes off again. I have looked in YaST under power management, but I didn't see anything that was obvious. Any help would greatly be appreaciated.
As matter of fact, Gnome deals with this very handsomely
I always use Gnome
On the Screensaver Preferences display, go to "Advanced" tab and you'll find checkbox "Display Power Management"
It may be the power settings in your BIOS that need adjusting, rather than anything in the OS or desktop environment. On my desktop machine, I can change the power settings in the BIOS at start-up time by pressing the "delete" key when prompted on the screen; some machines use the F2 key or some other key or combination of keys to get into the BIOS settings. Then under power management I can totally disable monitor and hard-drive power saving or set them to whatever value in minutes I want.
You probably already knew this, but I thought it worth mentioning anyway. (And some other reader may not know it!)