Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 73529
USB mouse usage doesn't reset idle timer
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:46:22 EDT
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Description of problem:
On Null, when on battery (haven't tried plugged in), if I only use a USB mouse, the screen blanker kicks in even though I'm actively using the USB mouse. I had my USB mouse plugged in at boot time (I wouldn't think that would make a difference as far as this bug is concerned). I'm running in runlevel 5.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot to X
2. Just use the USB mouse
3. Notice the screen blanker kick in
Actual Results: Screen blanks
Expected Results: Screen doesn't blank
I'm also suffering from "can't restore from blanking" bug, so this is extra annoying.
It sounds to me like your clock is being screwed up when on battery.
X is _very_ clock sensitive. If your clock goes backwards, X can
crash or hardlock. If it goes forwards, it can prematurely trigger
the screensaver. Where the real bug lay for your specific problem
is however is hard to say. The only way to troubleshoot/debug something
like this is to have the machine and debug it manually.
You're probably best off reporting this to XFree86.org on the
email@example.com mailing list, because there's a high chance that
I can't do anything about it personally, but someone there might
be able to help.
At any rate, please attach your X config file and log file, and I
will examine them and see if I notice anything out of ordinary.
My XFree86 4.2.1 packages for RHL 8.0 on ftp://people.redhat.com/mharris/testing
contain a fix for a long standing XFree86 bug which is triggered whenever
the clock goes forwards or backwards by any significant amount.
Please test the latest 4.2.1 package and indicate if it fixes the problem
or not. Thanks.
I'll test this in the next couple of days and report.
I tested with the X server in phoebe3. Problem is still there. Whatever method
Xscreensaver uses to check idleness (it uses some X library call no?) doesn't
recognize USB mouse usage.
I don't think this is clock related. If I use the touchpad as my mouse, there
are no problems with the screensaver kicking in while actively using it.
There haven't been any other reports of this in bugzilla since this
one, so I'm assuming this problem doesn't occur for other people.
I am able to use USB mice on all my systems with Red Hat Linux 8.0
and all newer OS releases without encountering this issue, so it
seems to be very specific to your particular hardware setup. I'm
going to close this bug as "WORKSFORME" for now, but if you still
encounter this problem after upgrading to Fedora Core 2, and you
believe it is truly an X bug, please file a bug report in
freedesktop.org bugzilla at: http://bugs.freedesktop.org in the