Screensaver going on too much

I’ve set it to 30 mins, but it goes on earlier, which is annoying when watching a documentary/film online. What can I do to make it go off after 30 mins? I’ve set it to that, but it does it earlier- like 10/15 mins.

As you have 2 distros in your signature it would really help when posting a new topic if you mention which one (distro/version/architecture) you’re having the problem with :wink:

And … what happens when the “screensaver” goes on … is it a “screensaver”, or does the screen go blank ?

Where exactly did you set it to 30mins ?

Mark sorry yes- forgot to say it’s on the Peppermint laptop. I set it on the screensaver itself. What it is actually doing is just going blank- the screensaver isn’t even coming on now.

I’m on my Mint netbook tonight- so broke can’t afford the heating, so in bed with electric blanket and this netbook.

Next time you’re on Peppermint can you post the output from:

xset -q

I’m going down for a smoko so will do that in a tic. When I went to make a brew before Beethoven was floating around on the screensaver, so odd was working…but yeah it still comes on far more than I set it for!

melissa@melissa-HP-Compaq-nx6325-RH628ES-ABU ~ $ xset -q
Keyboard Control:
auto repeat: on key click percent: 0 LED mask: 00000000
XKB indicators:
00: Caps Lock: off 01: Num Lock: off 02: Scroll Lock: off
03: Compose: off 04: Kana: off 05: Sleep: off
06: Suspend: off 07: Mute: off 08: Misc: off
09: Mail: off 10: Charging: off 11: Shift Lock: off
12: Group 2: off 13: Mouse Keys: off
auto repeat delay: 500 repeat rate: 33
auto repeating keys: 00ffffffdffffbbf
bell percent: 0 bell pitch: 400 bell duration: 100
Pointer Control:
acceleration: 2/1 threshold: 4
Screen Saver:
prefer blanking: yes allow exposures: yes
timeout: 0 cycle: 0
default colormap: 0x20 BlackPixel: 0 WhitePixel: 16777215
Font Path:
DPMS (Energy Star):
Standby: 7200 Suspend: 7200 Off: 14400
DPMS is Disabled
melissa@melissa-HP-Compaq-nx6325-RH628ES-ABU ~ $


gedit ~/.config/autostart/screensaver-settings.desktop

and make it read:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Set screensaver timeouts
Exec=xset s 0 0 dpms 0 0 0

SAVE the file.

Log off/on

post the output from:

xset -q


Also post the output from:

cat ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-power-manager.xml

Will do that next time I go downstairs for a smoko ( in a few mins) thanks Mark.

Bit confused by this Mark- sorry not good with computing stuff…

and make it read:
[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Set screensaver timeouts
Exec=xset s 0 0 dpms 0 0 0

SAVE the file.

Do you mean in the terminal? Or the page that opens up? I tried pasting that in that page but nothing happened.

Log off/on

Log off the laptop? Then reboot?

We are talking about Peppermint here right ?

if so, what are the contents of the file that opens when you run:

gedit ~/.config/autostart/screensaver-settings.desktop


Yes, the Peppermint laptop. Will do that in a bit…

A page opens up saying screen-saver-settings.desktop but I can’t see anything to open.

Hi Melissa

It looks like you typed Marks command wrong you have screen-saver where it should be screensaver

So can you try again this time copy and paste this command into the terminal

gedit ~/.config/autostart/screensaver-settings.desktop

if you want to type the command manually please ensure you type the command exactly as written

a text file should pop up highlight & copy the contents and post them back here

Good luck


No-just a white page saying screen saver settings desktop. Nothing to open.

There is no file on your system called

screen saver settings desktop.
, the file Mark’s looking for is

, no space between screen & saver and a dash between screensaver & settings

are you typing the command into the terminal manually or copy and pasting ?


Are you talking about Mint or Peppermint here ?

and what’s the output from:

ls -a ~/.config/autostart

elissa@melissa-HP-Compaq-nx6325-RH628ES-ABU ~ $ ls -a ~/.config/autostart
. …
melissa@melissa-HP-Compaq-nx6325-RH628ES-ABU ~ $

The Peppermint laptop.

Which version of Peppermint ?

What’s the output from:

cat /etc/lsb-release


uname -a


cat ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-power-manager.xml

elissa@melissa-HP-Compaq-nx6325-RH628ES-ABU ~ $ cat /etc/lsb-release
melissa@melissa-HP-Compaq-nx6325-RH628ES-ABU ~ $ uname -a
Linux melissa-HP-Compaq-nx6325-RH628ES-ABU 3.2.0-60-generic #91-Ubuntu SMP Wed Feb 19 03:55:18 UTC 2014 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux
melissa@melissa-HP-Compaq-nx6325-RH628ES-ABU ~ $ cat ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-power-manager.xml
cat: /home/melissa/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-power-manager.xml: No such file or directory
melissa@melissa-HP-Compaq-nx6325-RH628ES-ABU ~ $

I think Peppermint 3 Mark ( one you helped create I think)- it was you who helped me download it onto this laptop about 2 years ago now. :smiley:

What’s the output from:

dpkg -l | grep power-manager