I do not know how to properly explain this but i'm using Ubuntu Server to run RetroPie without overhead of Ubuntu Desktop. Basically, when Ubuntu Server is running in non-text mode, after around 10 minutes, the screen turns off. But by plugging in a mouse and moving it, the screen turns back on.

Is there any way to disable Ubuntu Server GUI Screensaver?

Edit: Turns out this non-text mode is aplications launching in a desktop like environment? The desktop like environment takes up the entire screen, it has a white background, and has mouse support. When i right click, it gives me a right-click menu. And when i press ALT + TAB, it allows me to switch between applications.

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    Ubuntu Server’s GUI? Did you install a desktop environment? I yes please edit and name it, the solution may be DE-specific.
    – dessert
    Feb 9, 2020 at 17:07

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In the /etc/default/grub file you should have a line that has something along the lines of GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash".

Edit that line to add consoleblank=0 like so GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash consoleblank=0". You can use any regular text editor like vim or nano, or whatever you're comfortable with.

After that run sudo update-grub and then reboot.

This should solve the issue.

  • I think the file i need to edit is /etc/default/grub instead of /etc/grub/default
    – RetroBlock
    Feb 9, 2020 at 16:32
  • Yes, my apologies! I'll correct that in my answer. Thank you for that Feb 9, 2020 at 18:11
  • If this solved your issue please mark it as resolved. Apr 28, 2020 at 21:51

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