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One click monitor power-down for Linux

By   |  December 19, 2007

If you’re running a Linux-powered laptop and you want to switch off the screen, without waiting for the laptop to go into sleep mode, then this is a great tip from Tombuntu.

To switch the your monitor off use the command: sleep 1 && xset dpms force off.

The sleep 1 (wait for one second) is needed only when you are typing the command in a terminal. This is because the command is executed as soon as the enter key is pressed, when it lifts up X turns the monitor back on.

To turn this into a Linux desktop shortcut, right-click on your desktop and select “create new launcher”.

The “command” setting must be set to “xset dpms force off” (without the sleep 1).

Via LifeHacker.


3 Responses to “One click monitor power-down for Linux”

  1. IG
    December 21st, 2007 @ 2:55 pm

    Cool. This is quite useful, as I often like to leave the monitor on when I walk away but I’m “never quite sure” that it’s going to go into suspend mode. Thanks!

  2. Rok
    December 21st, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    True, a very cool tip. My Ubuntu is a random generator. one of a kind when it comes to sleeping. Sometimes it dims the monitor, sometimes it turns it off, sometimes it sleeps, it’s all in gods hands.
    maybe they could debug this? :)

  3. catlover
    December 24th, 2007 @ 5:30 am

    I found it better to place the suspend statement into a script file. It is helpful to set a 4 second delay to prevent mouse movement from canceling out the suspend.

    # suspend monitor power after 4 seconds

    sleep 4
    xset dpms force suspend

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