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When I'm watching a film in Mythtv the screen turns to black every 10 - 15 mins and I have to log back into Ubuntu. Very annoying!

How do I disable the black screen / screensaver / logout in Unity?

There no longer seems to be any options to turn the screen saver off as there were in Ubuntu prior to Unity.

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Follow this instruction: How to Disable Screensaver/Lock Screen/Sleep Mode in Ubuntu? –  user141261 Mar 18 '13 at 3:51

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  • Go to System Settings...Brightness and Lock:

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  • The default screensaver idle time is 10 minutes, and the screen is locked once the screensaver activates:

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  • You can adjust the idle time (or disable the screensaver), and also disable the lock:

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  • Simply close Brightness and Lock to apply the new settings.

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This does not work. The X server has a separate setting that still causes the monitor to turn off after N minutes of inactivity. –  Cerin May 2 '13 at 10:47
And how do you disable that setting? –  matteo Oct 24 '13 at 18:18
And why on earth is this non-working answer marked as answer? –  matteo Oct 24 '13 at 18:18

If the unity gui doesn't work, then you could try using xset

Open a terminal and type:

xset s off

Also try some things here:


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