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Title: Laptop with external HDMI monitor: screen off/on loop
ID: /2018/04/22/Laptop-with-external-HDMI-monitor_-screen-off_on-loop
Created: April 22, 2018
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The easiest way is to lock your screen after inactivity but not turn the screen off.

As per this answer: How do I prevent my display from turning off when screen is locked?, use this command:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.screensaver idle-activation-enabled false

Your screen will still lock after inactivity but the password prompt will stay up and the screen won’t turn off.

Not the perfect solution but hopefully one that addresses your security concerns without the annoying loop.

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