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My current FC6 laptop has Bery enabled on the GNOME desktop. It works like a charm with the open-source radeon driver, but I am having trouble with the screensaver... (9600 Mobility M10 card)
Whenever the screensaver kicks in (either with idling or starting it by hand) I am unable to unlock the screensaver.
When moving my mouse, I see the cursor, but not the unlock dialog. Sometimes, though, it DOES show the dialog... With the mouse I am able to click on the dialog, but my keystrokes get fed to the applications currently running !!... when I press alt+tab for instance, I see the applications.. and if there is a gnome-terminal with them, and I can select that... after releasing the alt key, the screensaver gets the screen blank again, but anything I type is caught to the terminal, so I can kill gnome-screensaver, restoring my screen output again...
Does anyone have the same issue? Is this a bug, or a configuration issue ?
I am experiencing a similar issue on Fedora Core 6 with Gnome 2.16 and Beryl 1.4 as installed through the Beryl metapackage through yum. I have found that when I lock my session (via screen saver starting or otherwise), I get nothing but a black screen. I see and have control over my cursor, but cannot seem to make the password dialog appear through any combination of keyboard shortcuts. I still can however, pass my password to the dialog box and hit enter to log in. The alt-tabbing that rhoekstra mentioned does not bring up other applications. The display truly is locked, it's just that the password dialog or screen saver don't show.
A ticket has already been filed concerning this issue by Madsen at the beryl bug tracker. It can be seen at http://bugs.beryl-project.org/ticket/77. The ticket has been queued as a work in progress. It would be nice if we could figure out how to fix it in the meantime, but I am not sure what other information would be relevant to offer. I'm here if anyone wants to help and step in.
For people who are experiencing this problem, you might want to try going under the Beryl Settings Manager either through running 'beryl-settings', or through the panel icon. Look under the general options screen and uncheck 'Unredirect Fullscreen Windows'.
I didn't figure this out myself, mind you - I was checking up on the bug page again, and michaeljb had made the above suggestion. If he frequents this forum, I'd like to extend my thanks for posting there.