Console rotates through all tty's after sitting for a bit

Malcolm Matalka mmatalka at
Thu Jan 21 08:23:07 UTC 2016

Polytropon <freebsd at> writes:

> On Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:11:24 -0700 (MST), Warren Block wrote:
>> On Wed, 20 Jan 2016, Malcolm Matalka wrote:
>> > I installed FreeBSD on a machine (Dell OptiPlex 7010).  I'm in the
>> > regular text console and if I just leave it, it starts rotating through
>> > all the tty's rather than going into a screen saver or anything (I have
>> > explicitly set the screen saver to a Blank screen).  It did this during
>> > the install process as well.
>> >
>> > Has anyone experienced this and know why?  It doesn't seem to
>> > negatively affect anything so far, it's just annoying.
>> Something is hitting the PrintScrn key.
> My first thought exactly. :-)
> Check the physical keyboard, and if it is a wireless keyboard,
> check possible "offending" other keyboards of that kind, too.

Interesting.  It's a wired, but USB, keyboard.  The keyboard itself is
in Swedish but I am using an English (US) keymap.

I'm curious though, why would this happen after sitting for awhile
instead of all the time?  Just random keyboard driver freaking out after
idling for a bit?

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