I recently installed 18.10 on an old 4th gen Core i5 desktop and I'm seeing a peculiar issue with the sleep/wake behaviour. The computer sleeps normally, but everytime I wake it, the screen isn't the login window, rather it is, what I can only assume is a screenshot of when I put the computer to sleep. I cant' interact with it, it's just a frozen screen.

I found this question from a long time back, and tried the trick in there, press Ctrl + Alt + F1, and it works everytime.

I've decided to try out Ubuntu/Linux after a long macOS hiatus and so I'm not sure if the response to that question, reconfiguring the desktop manager is the correct answer. I have searched syslog for any intuitive errors, but didn't find anything. Hoping someone here has run into a similar issue and can help out.

  • I'd like to add one more observation, after this special wake operation, the favourites bar shortcuts won't work - Super + numbers. I have to restart the PC in order to get them to work again. Hopefully it's helpful. – chin7an Nov 21 '18 at 2:29

I figured out what I was doing wrong. I used Alt to suspend the computer, which apparently causes the strange behaviour. The correct way is to long-click the shut-off button, which changes it to the suspend button.

I have a follow-up question to ask for help understanding the behaviour with the Alt key here - What does pressing Alt do when suspending the computer?


I doubt pressing Alt to suspend is the issue, I tried both and I can see very the same output. After resuming I am on wrong screen and I need to still switch to Screen 1 with Ctrl+Alt+F1 keys.

Pressing Alt and keeping pressed Power button should do the same.

  • I solved the issue on my local desktop by uninstalling all gnome-shell extensions in my ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/, which are not installed from deb packages and also removed gnome-shell-extension-appindicator package – MarekN Jan 3 '19 at 10:51

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