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Old 12-02-2005, 09:53 PM   #16
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Have any of you tried the vbetool utility? It works for me. My config is:
Toshiba Satellite M30-742
Nvidia Go 5200 card

Gentoo (kernel 2.6.14 with gentoo patchset)
AGPGART disabled in kernel, so using NVidia internel AGP.
vbetool (0.3 version)

vbetool dpms off - Switches off the screen
vbetool dpms on - Switches on the screen.

[ Screen switch off means complete switch off. Even the backlight turns off ]

vbetool works even though Nvidia driver is unable to "switch on" my screen (It can turn it off though).

I have tried vbetool from the virtual console as well as X. It works beautifully from both. No display corruption, nothing!!!

It should be trivial to add these vbetool commands to LID OPEN/CLOSE acpi events. My laptop apparently has a harware switch which turns off the display when I close the lid and switches it on when I open the lid. No acpi action scripts are needed. However I need vbetool for controlling this functionality from software. It is extremely useful for turning on the display after acpi suspend/resume.

Hope this helps.

Old 12-22-2005, 09:50 AM   #17
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Blank screen after closing lid on Del D410 solved

Jimlas53's solution earlier in this thread worked for me (after I remembered to restart acpid).

You also need something in /etc/acpi/events that calls his script:
a two-liner will do:


Old 01-01-2006, 04:40 PM   #18
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I thank you all for you help I got the script working now and it works wonderfully. I can close my lid now whith out having to worry about not getting my screen back. For that I am glad
Old 04-06-2006, 12:09 PM   #19
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Im currently running suse 10 and I'm having the same issue with the display not coming back on.

I wrote the script and everything, but how do I get acpi to call it everytime the lid is re-open? Thats the only part I don't understand.


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