Fix: Screensaver Freezes in Ubuntu 11.04

Lately I have been facing some issues using Ubuntu 11.04, one of them is the freeze which occurs once a while when screensaver is on. I tried all sorts of tweak in gnome power manager but there was no use. I then replaced Gnome-Screensaver with xscreensaver and finally it worked.

Here is how I did it to fix . Just follow this simple steps and hope it fixes your issues.

Step 1

Open the terminal and enter the following code to remove Gnome Screensaver

sudo apt-get remove gnome-screensaver

Step 2

Open Administration -> System Monitor and find the process “gnome-screensaver” and  it

Step 3

Install xscreensaver, type the following in the terminal

sudo apt-get install xscreensaver rss-glx xscreensaver-gl xscreensaver-data xscreensaver-gl-extra xscreensaver-data-extra

Step 4

Open Preferences- > Screensaver,when prompted to start xscreensaver daemon, allow it

If you still have issues with your screensaver, leave a comment.



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7 Responses to “Fix: Screensaver Freezes in Ubuntu 11.04”

  1. gnome_user says:


  2. John de Pierre says:

    i had this same prob…Thank god now it is fixed!

  3. iputued says:

    After change screensaver, my screensaver not start automatically after restart my computer. Must do Step 4 every time I boot my computer.

  4. Allen says:

    I am new to UNBUNTU 11.04.

    What steps are missing from Step 2

    I am new to UBUNTU 11.04. My screen is freezing after standing idle.
    Step 1 went fine but Step 2 appears incomplete. Can you help me with this?

    Step 2

    Open Administration -> System Monitor and find the process “gnome-screensaver” and it

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