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Thread: Any 12.04 Screensavers That Work?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2008

    Any 12.04 Screensavers That Work?

    Currently dealing with a long term problem on my notebook of the screen not being able to come back on after it shuts off when the machine is idle. If I see the screen start to go dim, but the backlight is still on, I can move the mouse and I'll get a password prompt and I can log in.

    But once that backlight turns off, there is nothing I can do to get it to come back on, and I have to do a hard reset. This happens several times a day, and I know my hard drive is gonna be toast if I do this enough times.

    So my question is, how can I install a screen saver that will come on when the laptop goes idle? My goal is to lock the screen for security reasons, but keep the backlight on.

    I tried installing a couple different screensavers I found in Synaptics and Ubuntu Software Center, but they don't seem to work, mainly because there is no way I can find to configure them, given the ridiculously limited system settings options we now have. Also, I'm not even sure they are compatible with 12.04.

    Can anyone show me how I can get a screensaver working in 12.04, 64 bit? Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2008

    Re: Any 12.04 Screensavers That Work?

    How about a solution to your problem, rather than some lipstick for it

    This worked for me;

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Sussex, UK

    Re: Any 12.04 Screensavers That Work?

    A guide that worked for me to install Xscreensaver in Ubuntu 12.04.

    Watch out for the spelling mistake on the grey desktop where 'application' is shown as 'applicaton'

    I had a bit of trouble with Glideshow but this fixed it:
    sudo apt-get install libwww-perl

    From answer #10 here:
    Last edited by Megaptera; August 3rd, 2012 at 08:16 PM. Reason: Spelling!


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