stop screen blanking
Topic: stop screen blanking
started by: vstech
Posted by vstech on Oct. 30 2007,18:17Hi All...
I have made a digital picture frame from an old IBM Thinpad 600e. For the most part, things are working they way I want them, execpt the screen goes black after about 10 minutes.
I have researched the forum, and have placed the noapci noapim apm=off cheat codes in the grub menu. I have also edited the .xinitrc to have xset x off and noblank in the script, but there has been no change.
I have changed the hard drive to run windows and use IBM's configuration utility, and the bios (as near as I can tell) is set to always have the screen on (power always on).
What setting am I missing or have wrong?
Thanks in advance.
Posted by ^thehatsrule^ on Oct. 30 2007,19:11Which xserver are you using? Did you try xfbdev?
Also, can you "resume" the screen after it has gone blank?
Posted by vstech on Oct. 30 2007,20:01I am using the default xserver, with fluxbox. No, I have not really tried xbdev.... I will try it again to see if it makes a difference.
Yes, it resumes properly after the screen goes black by moving the mouse or pressing a key
Ok, I tried xbdev... I can configure it, but I get an error and it can't continue to load fluxbox when I reboot and have the system set to use it.
Posted by robc on Oct. 30 2007,20:29shouldn't it be "xset s off" or "xset s noblank"?
Posted by vstech on Oct. 30 2007,21:36I tried both variations, robc. I found scripts with those commands on dsl site or the forum, I forget wich.
They did not seem to make a difference.
I did note that when I had the HD with Win98 on it in the laptop that the screen did not shut off. So, I assume it must be an xserver setting somewhere.
Posted by ^thehatsrule^ on Oct. 30 2007,22:33Try adding acpi=off (possibly pci=noacpi too) to those bootcodes?
Posted by vstech on Oct. 31 2007,04:12
Great! One of those codes did the trick (I added all of them).. not sure which worked, but it worked!
Thanks again for everyone's help...
Posted by ^thehatsrule^ on Oct. 31 2007,05:08It was probably noapci acpi=off... the 600e was reported to have a buggy bios with acpi.
Posted by bkil on Oct. 31 2007,09:03Howdy!
There is another solution. If you install the full xfree86 server extension, you could give this a shot:
Do note, that with 24/7 use, your TFT's backlight will probably give up in a year or two. It's not very expensive, but it is difficult to both obtain and replace.
Another note: couldn't you find a nice old 386 or 486 for the job? You know, a P2 is a terrible thing to waste, IMO.
Posted by vstech on Oct. 31 2007,12:18The IBM thinkpad's are nice machines, I will give you that. But, I found a bunch of old ones (taking parts from some to make usable machines). Although.. I have two machines, one with a broken screen, the other with a good screen bad motherboard.... same model number, but the good board won't run the good screen!!