Bug 854752

Summary: Screen does not work after screensaver has been on; power management does not work.
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Greta Watson <greta_watson>
Component: xorg-x11-drv-intelAssignee: Adam Jackson <ajax>
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance <extras-qa>
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Version: 16CC: ajax, jones.peter.busi, paulo.cesar.pereira.de.andrade, tomspur, xgl-maint
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Last Closed: 2013-02-13 03:26:09 EST Type: Bug
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Description Greta Watson 2012-09-05 14:27:12 EDT
Description of problem:
Two problems have started occuring when I went to a new desktop which has intel graphics:
1.  Power management does not work at all (display brightness, dim display, and screen energy saving).
2.  After the screensaver has been on for a few minutes, and one clicks the mouse to resume, the mouse pointer can be seen moving around the screen, but the screen is quite dark and nothing else can be seen.  It takes restarting the X server (via <ctrl><alt><backspace> and logging in again to get a responsive screen.  Until the screensaver kicks in again...

These problems did not occur on my old desktop, which had nVidia graphics, with the same O/S.

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How reproducible:
1.  Try to use power management:  nothing happens.
2.  Set the screensaver to go on after a couple minutes.  Then wait until it has been on for a few minutes, and click mouse.  Mouse pointer can be seen on dark screen.  Screen does not show anything other than pointer.
Actual results:
As described above.

Expected results:
A functioning screen.  Functioning energy saving when power management is used.

Additional info:

Current hardware:
ASUS P8Z77-V motherboard, Intel i7-3770 4-core processor, 16GB Corsair RAM, 128 GB Crucial SSD, ViewSonic monitor model VX2268WM.

Current O/S:
Fedora 16; kernel 3.4.9-2.fc16.x86_64

exerpt from lspci -v:
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Device 0162 (rev 09) (prog-
if 00 [VGA controller])
        Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device 84ca
        Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 54
        Memory at f7800000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4M]
        Memory at e0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
        I/O ports at f000 [size=64]
        Expansion ROM at <unassigned> [disabled]
        Capabilities: [90] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
        Capabilities: [d0] Power Management version 2
        Capabilities: [a4] PCI Advanced Features
        Kernel driver in use: i915
        Kernel modules: i915
Comment 1 Greta Watson 2012-09-05 21:53:47 EDT
There seems to be a bit of life in Power Management.  If, in KDE, one goes to System Settings --> Power Management and sets Screen Energy Saving to "set off after" "n" minutes, it powers off after twice that long.  After "n" minutes, the screen blanks for a second.  After another "n" minutes, it blanks again, stays blanked, and puts the monitor in energy saving mode.

The workaround appears to be to set the number to half of what one really wants, and to keep the screen saver turned off.
Comment 2 Greta Watson 2012-09-11 17:51:18 EDT
After three days, Power Management changed.  No longer do I get the blank screen for a second after "n" minutes.  It actually does what it is supposed to do--after "n" minutes, the screen blanks and the monitor goes into energy saving mode.  Why, after three days, did this fix itself?  Will the problem recur?

Sadly, the other problem has not changed.  After the screensaver starts, the screen never comes back to normal.
Comment 3 Greta Watson 2012-09-21 23:54:04 EDT
Upgraded to Fedora 17, where Power Management and Screen Savers seem to work.
Comment 4 Greta Watson 2012-09-22 11:42:03 EDT
On the desktop, in Fedora 17, the screen saver works.  So does "screen energy saving" in Power Management.  However, "suspend session" does not.  The only way I can suspend my machine is to press the sleep button on the keyboard.
Comment 5 Greta Watson 2012-10-01 20:52:50 EDT
Today I took another look at some of my settings in KDE's System Settings.  When I got to Power Management, I saw a blank box that I had overlooked before, to the right of the time in the Suspend Session section.  When I clicked on it and selected sleep, it did go to sleep after the set amount of minutes.

Since I do not plan to revert to Fedora 16, and since there aren't a whole lot of people that seem to be interested in the screen problem in Fedora 16, it would not bother me if this were not fixed in Fedora 16.
Comment 6 Thomas Spura 2012-10-03 05:59:03 EDT
Reassigning to xorg-x11-drv-intel as 0ad doesn't play a role here and it was assigned to it by accident.
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