I'm running Linux mdk 9.2 on a gateway 310X. Now, whenever I left my machine idle for extended periods of time (like 4+ hours), I return to find that the monitor is blank (though it's not in power saving mode) and moving the mouse or keyboard does not bring the screen back. I have to reboot (ctrl-alt-del) and then it shows the shutdown process (where it fails to shutdown the saslauth daemon) and reboots. At first, I thought that apm was suspending the machine and messing it up (apm has been known to do that, I understand), so I got rid of it, but the problem persisted.
So I checked /var/log/Xfree86.log.old and it said that my X-Server suffered a fatal crash.
The old file is posted on :
Note that the driver for the display was "i1810", so I changed it to "VESA" and restarted X.
It worked, no more crashes after idle periods, but other problems occurred.....
1> mplayer will not go to fullscreen mode anymore after I switched the driver to "VESA"
2> When I boot into Linux, the X Server starts up just fine. When I log off, instead of showing the login screen, the screen blanks out. When I shut down, the screen no longer shows the usual status messages (stopping this daemon, that daemon etc) but blanks out altogethrer until the machine shuts down. It then restarts OK.
These problems did not exist when I was using the i1810 driver, but then my X-Server suggered "fatal crashes" after extended periods of inactivity.
Are there any other drivers I should try? Should I reinstall the i1810 thingie from an rpm from somewhere or compile from source?
Please do offer suggestions. I'm utterly lost