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Re: p laptop with stretch/xfce: screen blanks but won't "wake up"

On 11/24/17, John Cunningham <djohngo@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> FWIW, I have buster/xfce on a laptop and have the same problem. Backlight
> is fine. I thought about the external monitor trick, too, but I haven't
> tried it yet.
> --John
> On Fri, Nov 24, 2017 at 9:15 AM dekks herton <dekkzz78@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On 11/24, Jaime T wrote:
>> >Hi all.
>> >
>> >I'm running stable (stretch)/xfce on an hp/compaq nx6110 laptop, and
>> >when the screen blanks, I can't get it to wake up again (nothing
>> >appears on the screen when I press the keys on the keyboard and move
>> >the mouse).
>> >
>> >The closest debian bug report that I've seen is:
>> >https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=787241
>> >
>> >although these other (non-debian) bug reports seem closer:
>> >https://bugzilla.xfce.org/show_bug.cgi?id=11627
>> >https://bugzilla.xfce.org/show_bug.cgi?id=12480
>> >https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=194313
>> >
>> >The laptop is currently sitting there, powered on with a blank screen,
>> >but I have a load of unsaved work on the desktop. I can ssh into it
>> >and run commands on it. Does anyone know if there's anything that I
>> >can do to wake the screen up so that I can save my work?
>> >
>> >Thank you, Jaime
>> >
>> Borrow an external monitor to save work?
>> Are you sure the backlight hasn't died?
>> --
>> regards.....
>> Thinkpad T60p 2.33Ghz 2GB SXGA+
>> Jabber IM: dekkzz76@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

If and once you get back up, a thread not long ago reminded me about
"free -m". I've had odds and ends of problems like this blank screen
myself over time.

That goes back to me at least once writing about how I was sometimes
forced to reboot fresh... then the last previous session would come
back up in its entirety, e.g. browser open with last used tabs, text
editor with last multiple accessed files, etc. That was NOT expected
behavior on a fresh reboot. :)

With "free -m", I'm seeing inconsistencies in what comes in and out of
SWAP after mine goes into some level of sleep/hibernation. Sometimes
it will clear out completely, and other times almost nothing exits.
That "almost nothing exits" part makes me wonder how that might affect
waking back up into full functionality *sometimes*.

That's on a desktop PC box. I don't know if SWAP's role plays a part,
but the inconsistencies I'm seeing reflected in mine felt worth
mentioning... :)

Cindy :)
Cindy-Sue Causey
Talking Rock, Pickens County, Georgia, USA

* runs with duct tape *