Screen won't enter power down

Bug #977646 reported by Ashton Fagg on 2012-04-10
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This bug affects 7 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu)
Undecided
Unassigned

Bug Description

The screen won't enter power down. It "blanks" (i.e. goes black but the backlight is still on). I have configured this to happen automatically after 10 mins of inactivity, however this doesn't work.

Also running xset dpms force off, suspend, standby will either cause it to do the same thing, or it will flicker on and off a few times before coming back on.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: xorg 1:7.6+12ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-22.35-generic 3.2.14
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-22-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
.proc.driver.nvidia.gpus.0: Error: [Errno 21] Is a directory: '/proc/driver/nvidia/gpus/0'
.proc.driver.nvidia.registry: Binary: ""
.tmp.unity.support.test.0:

ApportVersion: 2.0-0ubuntu4
Architecture: amd64
CompizPlugins: [core,composite,opengl,compiztoolbox,decor,vpswitch,snap,mousepoll,resize,place,move,wall,grid,regex,imgpng,session,gnomecompat,animation,fade,unitymtgrabhandles,workarounds,scale,expo,ezoom,unityshell]
CompositorRunning: compiz
Date: Tue Apr 10 10:31:12 2012
DistUpgraded: Fresh install
DistroCodename: precise
DistroVariant: ubuntu
ExtraDebuggingInterest: Yes, whatever it takes to get this fixed in Ubuntu
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Beta amd64 (20120328)
MachineType: Dell Inc. Latitude E6410
ProcEnviron:
 LANGUAGE=en_AU:en
 TERM=xterm
 PATH=(custom, no user)
 LANG=en_AU.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-3.2.0-22-generic root=UUID=04edf148-3bc0-477d-b95a-b242ea65016c ro quiet splash pcie_aspm=force i915.i915_enable_rc6=1 vt.handoff=7
SourcePackage: xorg
Symptom: display
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
XorgConf:
 Section "Device"
  Identifier "Default Device"
  Option "NoLogo" "True"
 EndSection
dmi.bios.date: 11/30/2011
dmi.bios.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.bios.version: A11
dmi.board.name: 0K42JR
dmi.board.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.board.version: A00
dmi.chassis.type: 9
dmi.chassis.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnDellInc.:bvrA11:bd11/30/2011:svnDellInc.:pnLatitudeE6410:pvr0001:rvnDellInc.:rn0K42JR:rvrA00:cvnDellInc.:ct9:cvr:
dmi.product.name: Latitude E6410
dmi.product.version: 0001
dmi.sys.vendor: Dell Inc.
version.compiz: compiz 1:0.9.7.4-0ubuntu3
version.ia32-libs: ia32-libs 20090808ubuntu35
version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.32-1ubuntu1
version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 8.0.2-0ubuntu3
version.libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental: libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental N/A
version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 8.0.2-0ubuntu3
version.nvidia-graphics-drivers: nvidia-graphics-drivers N/A
version.xserver-xorg-core: xserver-xorg-core 2:1.11.4-0ubuntu10
version.xserver-xorg-input-evdev: xserver-xorg-input-evdev 1:2.7.0-0ubuntu1
version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:6.14.99~git20111219.aacbd629-0ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.17.0-1ubuntu4
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:0.0.16+git20111201+b5534a1-1build2

Ashton Fagg (fagg) wrote :
Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

[Not sure if this is actually on the X/nvidia side or the kernel, filing to nvidia for now.]

affects: xorg (Ubuntu) → nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu)
Ashton Fagg (fagg) wrote :

I should also add that I have ruled out gnome-screensaver. I removed the package from my system and it doesn't make any difference to the issue.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
mflorea (zmeuldumy) wrote :

I'm using the 295.40 version of the NVIDIA driver and I have the same problem.

mixalns (jhonnyglou) wrote :

"The screen won't enter power down. It "blanks" (i.e. goes black but the backlight is still on)"

i have the same problem, and the last ok driver was 295.33!! for me, after this driver is the problem, i am now with nouveau kde 12.04, and everything is ok. (dell XPS-L702).

cfaber (cfaber) wrote :

Same issue on E6410 machine

mflorea (zmeuldumy) wrote :

This issue is more serious than it sounds. After unlocking the screen my display has horizontal flickering lines and a bad/visible refresh rate. They disappear after a couple of minutes but I'm afraid this will affect my display on the long run.

On 6 June 2012 20:49, mflorea <email address hidden> wrote:
> This issue is more serious than it sounds. After unlocking the screen my
> display has horizontal flickering lines and a bad/visible refresh rate.
> They disappear after a couple of minutes but I'm afraid this will affect
> my display on the long run.

I have noticed this, particularly on low brightness settings. I
believe it is to do with the ambient light sensor, nothing sinister in
regards to drivers. However I too would welcome any information on
this.

cfaber (cfaber) wrote :

Hi,

I don't believe that dimmer control has much affect here. As stated in
the OP even xset dpms direct commands fail to sleep or suspend the
screen. More than likely this is a bug in the kernel, as the latest
nvidia drivers in earlier kernel versions would work successfully.

That said, I'm happy I can finally suspend and resume the machine as a
whole without random lockups, so I can live with a fading back light
until this is addressed =)

-cf

On 06/06/2012 05:09 AM, Ashton Fagg wrote:
> On 6 June 2012 20:49, mflorea<email address hidden> wrote:
>> This issue is more serious than it sounds. After unlocking the screen my
>> display has horizontal flickering lines and a bad/visible refresh rate.
>> They disappear after a couple of minutes but I'm afraid this will affect
>> my display on the long run.
> I have noticed this, particularly on low brightness settings. I
> believe it is to do with the ambient light sensor, nothing sinister in
> regards to drivers. However I too would welcome any information on
> this.
>

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