[ubuntu-uk] screensaver freezing
linuxman at avoura.com
Wed Dec 3 01:08:28 GMT 2008
I have just bought a Dell Inspiron 1525 with Ubuntu. It is actually for
my girlfriend, her old laptop is about to stop working. It had Windows
XP Pro, but I also installed Ubuntu 7.10 on a separate partition,
however, that stopped working and she carried on with XP. I offered to
buy her a new laptop, and she agreed to have it with Ubuntu, anything
other than Vista.
Well, so far the laptop is working okay, except that when the
screensaver is running, and I press a key to kill the screensaver, the
whole thing just freezes. The screensaver image is frozen, and no key
presses do anything. I have to press the power button to reset the
laptop and reboot.
The screensaver is Helios. Running Ubuntu 8.04.1, with Gnome, standard
Dell install with a few extra software programs, but no major changes to
the system. I have updated Ubuntu online with the latest updates for 8.04.
I have changed to a different screensaver (SlideScreen) to stop the
problem in case it is Helios. Also I changed the setting for Power
Management to not switch off the screen (it was previously set to switch
off after 40 minutes). I wonder if perhaps the more fancy screensavers
are just too much for whatever graphics hardware is in the laptop?
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