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Old 12-27-2009, 12:38 PM   #1
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How Do I Prevent Display From Shutting Off?

Ok, I got Ubuntu Hardy here. and Ive tried

setterm -blank 0 -store

And I have tried

apci=off <--I added this to my kernel line in the grub boot loader

And neither have prevented the display from shutting down.

I like running htop and having a display up and would like to know how to prevent the display from shutting off, this is a pure command line system.

If any of you pros might be willing to share a small nugget or tip with me I would be smiling about it all day, thank you.

Last edited by MadAtUbuntu; 12-27-2009 at 12:47 PM.
Old 12-27-2009, 02:11 PM   #2
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Im using Slackware so things might be a bit different but have a look at /etc/rc.d/rc.M.There is a line in mine as follows

# Screen blanks after 15 minutes idle time, and powers down in one hour
# if the kernel supports APM or ACPI power management:
/bin/setterm -blank 15 -powersave powerdown -powerdown 60

Just a guess but this may be what you are looking for.Just hash out the line starting with /bin and that command will not run.I haven't tried this personally.Maybe someone else will come in with a reply to back this up before you try it.Also have a look at "man setterm".
Old 12-27-2009, 02:36 PM   #3
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Yeah I think its different in Ubuntu


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