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Steam Games and my Screensaver
So when I play a game with the gamepad, after a while the screen starts to fade and then lock unless I move the mouse around. Obviously the power management doesn't acknowledge the gamepad and proper input to keep the screen awake.

I was using Unity and XFCE in Ubuntu 64bit for a long time. I recently switched to OpenSuse 13.1 64bit with Gnome and it still happens. I know Windows has a way that it will recognize fullscreen applications and not engage the screensaver but Linux doesn't have anything like that in the Kernel yet.

I was wondering what work around others have used in Linux for this issue?

(I added this to the GitHub Bug Report since perhaps Valve may be able to add something to the Steam Client itself to fix this)
Last edited by [RS] The Letter M; Feb 24, 2014 @ 2:13am
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Zyro Feb 24, 2014 @ 2:43am 
I've got another problem: My screensaver seems to be disabled. Is it possible that an early version of Steam for Linux (beta?) did so? If they changed that behaviour later, they probably had some other solution to it?
Sensei Aizen Feb 24, 2014 @ 5:52am 
XFCE4 is using 'xscreensaver'
Gnome might use 'gnome-scrensaver'

Man-Page of 'gnome-scrensaver' refers to:

How about to uninstall your gnome-screensaver?
  • I am not using the screensaver of gnome. After reading this article I would give you the advice to uninstall this electronic waste and to use (x)-screensaver:


You can enable your screensaver in your 'power settings' and/or in you 'screensaver settings'.

My steam client leaves screensaver untouched.
Last edited by Sensei Aizen; Feb 24, 2014 @ 6:04am
MadXav Feb 24, 2014 @ 6:46am 
I had the same problem on ElementaryOS. Had to disable the screensaver. It was really annoying.
Ocelost Jan 7, 2015 @ 4:23pm 
There's a program called joystickwake that can work around this problem until display servers and games start taking care of it. If you happen to be running Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty), you can install it from this package archive:

The program is a single python file with few dependencies, so it ought to be easy enough to get it working on other linux distributions as well. The source code and documentation live here:
Last edited by Ocelost; Jan 7, 2015 @ 4:25pm
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Date Posted: Feb 24, 2014 @ 1:58am
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