I won't help much solve the problem.
All I want to say, is that I see the same thing on my system
(FreeBSD 4.8 with up-to-date-from-ports Xfree and other software).

I have a regular monitor, SamSung SyncMaster 20GLsi.
Indeed it only blanks. When I do "xset dpms force off" in my X-display,
nothing happens. I vaguely remember it used to work in the past (when my
OS was also Linux, instead of FreeBSD....).

However, when I go elsewhere, e.g. ctrl-Alt-F1 text screen, do a
"setenv DISPLAY <my-X-display>" and then repeat the xset command above,
"xset q" says "Monitor is Off".
Hmmm, but I'm on the same monitor, which is on !?!?

My wild guess is, that this may be broken with recent Xfree 4.3.0.

Or is only XFree broken in the FreeBSD ports collection? A wrong FreeBSD patch?

You may try to convince the FreeBSD or XFree lists/people to comment on this.


Guy Middleton wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 24, 2003 at 10:57:01PM -0500, Eric Dedrick wrote:
>>I'm running 4.8 and XF86 Version 4.2.1.
>>DPMS isn't working right on my new machine (ASUS A7A266 motherboard).
>>1.  The monitor is capable of doing DPMS
>>2.  DPMS works fine when the monitor is just displaying a text console
>>3.  DPMS does not work from X
>>4.  I have checked my /etc/X11/XF86Config file, Options "DPMS" is in the
>>monitor section.
>>5.  xset q says
>>DPMS (Energy Star):
>>  Standby: 1200    Suspend: 1800    Off: 2400
>>  DPMS is Enabled
>>  Monitor is On
>>6.  Everything seems to just blank the screen, but never powers off the
>>  xset dpms force off
>>the screen goes blank, but the monitor does not power off.
>>7.  I have tried many different DPMS settings in my BIOS and I think it
>>should be okay.
>>Any guesses?  Thanks.
> I still haven't figured mine out.  I asked on the xfree86 list also, but
> had no replies yet.

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