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A long Ubuntu version ago I used to meddle with desktop settings on a ~/.gnome or ~/.compiz file. A few Ubuntu versions later, graphic card changed between NVidia and AMD and now the blank screen won't stay blank after timing out. Whatever I put on the settings, after the specified time the screens will go blank, as in the monitors will indeed go into sleep mode, but will turn right back on again.

It's been a few years since I last deleted all ~/. configuration files and started over, but I currently don't have the time to re-configure everything again. If I would like to specifically reset all UI/Gnome/Unity/Desktop/Graphic settings though, what folders and/or files should I be looking for?

Thanks!

EDIT, being a bit more verbose about the actual problem I'm trying to solve (replied to Jason below but no CR makes it hard to read):

  1. Power settings are set to turn off monitors after 5min
  2. After 5min monitors go blank and turn off
  3. Right afterwards they turn back on again in lock screen (even if lock screen is disabled)
  4. 5min after idling on the lock screen monitors turns off again, but step 3 then happens again

And it stays looping between steps 3 and 4 indefinitely, which I'd guess is not very healthy for the monitors.

But I have no idea where the actual configuration for all this is.

  • First of all, what does "blank screen won't stay blank after timing out" mean? X -configure if using Xorg gives you a basic config. Whatever you put in .gnome or compiz I can't see have any way to toggle your monitor power, but I'm not sure about your question;) – Jason Hunter Apr 10 '19 at 22:24
  • That's the tricky part, I can't find anything with google because perhaps I'm not formulating the problem correctly: 1) Power settings are set to turn off monitors after 5min 2) After 5min monitors go blank and turn off 3) Right afterwards they turn back on again in lock screen (even if lock screen is disabled) 4) 5min after idling on the lock screen monitors turns off again, but step 3 then happens again And it stays looping between steps 3 and 4 indefinitely, which I'd guess is not very healthy for the monitors. But I have no idea where the actual configuration for all this is. – eks Apr 11 '19 at 17:02

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