Skyrocket screen saver failing to start, screen dims, then pops back to 100% normal brightness

Bug #600603 reported by Michael Lueck on 2010-07-01
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rss-glx (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: rss-glx

Multiple points to this smoking gun:

1) I have long noticed that there seems to be an interaction between Parallels and VirtualBox being run, and the screen saver check box in Gnome getting disabled. So at times when I return to my computer and find the screen not saved (100% normal brightness) then I check the screen saver applet and usually the check box is unchecked for "Activate when computer is idol", check it, and usually it will start saving again.

2) At other times, also usually with Parallels / VirtualBox running, the screen saver will try to start, dim the screen, then pop back to 100% brightness. No more attempts to screen saver will be done. Usually I must reboot in order to solve this situation. Annoying... should not have to reboot to "fix" a Linux machine! ;-)

3) KarlInOz and I have been chatting on our blog... seems to have encountered #2, however does NOT seem to run a VM environment, seems to be more easily able to reproduce #2, and uninstalled rss-glx and gotten the problem to stop happening. Seems to think that the behavior is associated with Skyrocket specifically. Here is a link to our blog where we have been discussing:

Suggestion how to resolve these issues / or do we have a legit bug against rss-glx / Skyrocket? Thanks!

Michael Lueck (mlueck) wrote :

I was able to reproduce these odd behaviors with Xubuntu 12.04 x64. Therefor it is probably not something Gnome specific as it happens with Xcfe as well.

I have not installed Virtual Box on this system yet. So that rules out all VM involvement.

I did a bit of research. These rss-glx screen savers seem to come from Terence Welsh / Really Slick. I have contacted him directly, referencing this support thread.

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