Bizarre:: blank screen [on KVM] refuses to come back...

Gary Kline kline at
Mon Nov 3 15:13:35 PST 2008

On Mon, Nov 03, 2008 at 11:47:22AM -0800, Gary Kline wrote:
> 	A couple of things may be related to this behavior. When I have
> 	left my keyboard for more than a few hours, FreeBSD with X11
> 	running KDE3 remains blanck/blank.  No amount of moving my
> 	mouse of tapping keys will bring back the display.  (I'm writing 
> 	this ssh'd in my via Ubuntu [KDE?].)
> 	I noticed--via top--that the system was loaded at above 2.00 
> 	while otherwise "idle"; I've killed off a bunch of processes but
> 	cannot get the load below 1.00.   I'm running 7.0, on a
> 	Dell-8200, 1G RAM.  
> 	So:  any suggestions how to get my screen back? Has anybody seen
> 	this before?  Why the heavy load:: any ideas?  And, is there any
> 	way I can turn off screen blanking *completely*?  I almost always
> 	turn off the display anyway if I'm gone for > 15-20 minutes.
> 	thanks for any clues.  i hate to keep rebooting. ...
> 	gary

	Finally found (possible) solutions on a usenet forums site:
	xset s off;
	xset -dpms;

	Then in /etc/, comment  the DPMS option, e.g.:

		#Option     "DPMS"

	See if this works.  
 Gary Kline  kline at  Public Service Unix

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