gnome-screensaver swapped out for xscreensaver

I've been having some problems with my entire desktop GUI crashing when coming out of the screensaver. My first attempt to stop this will be to try a different screensaver application. I just want a quick fix. Don't want to really learn nuttin' right now.

  • Disable autostart of gnome-screensaver
  • Install xscreensaver, xscreensaver-gl, xscreensaver-gl-extra, xscreensaver-data, xscreensaver-data-extra (I like to have a big selection of screensavers to choose from)
  • Set xscreensaver to autostart instead of gnome-screensaver
  • See what happens

There are various ways of setting apps to autostart or not, plus one must decide if xscreensaver will handle the power management or if it will remain with gnome-power-manager. I'm leaving that part with gnome for now.

6 responses to “gnome-screensaver swapped out for xscreensaver

  1. By the way, my favorite screensaver is GLSchool. It's like looking into a fish tank. :up:

  2. Hmmm! Let us know how this turns out.

  3. Desktop just went down in flames again. I'll have to investigate further now.

  4. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    Desktop just went down in flames again. I'll have to investigate further now.

    Hope you get it fixed. You must be…:mad: Let us know…

  5. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    Desktop just went down in flames again. I'll have to investigate further now.

    I'd forgotten that you got the Intel CPU with "on-chip graphics." Don't suppose there's an easy video driver update for that.Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    Don't want to really learn nuttin' right now.

    Fine..!:irked: :jester:

  6. Originally posted by 0x29a:

    Don't suppose there's an easy video driver update for that.

    Good point. Thank you! Instead of looking at the screensaver app, maybe I should be looking into driver issues. It looks like for my Intel Core i5 650, the driver "intel_drv" gets loaded. I can at least use this in searches. Nice tip.I assume since my system fetches updates daily that the one installed is the latest one for "wheezy", but this will help. Thanks.For now, changing power management from Gnome to xscreensaver seems to have stopped the issue, but I haven't really had the GUI running that long. Prior to the changes I made, X would crash anywhere from 3x per day to once every few days, so mucking with power management may be an example of kidding myself.—You can tell it's been a long time since I've ordered a new computer. When I got this one, video cards were an option, but I don't do anything demanding in that area, so I wanted to just go with on-board graphics. I looked at the motherboard specs and saw no video there, so I started thinking, WTF is doing the video? OMG, it's the CPU now! For some reason this floored me. I kept wondering how video got put there instead of a video card or the motherboard.Before the Radeon card in my last Linux box, the only other video card I ever bought was an S3 Virge.

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