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My new installation of Ubuntu 10.10 by default locks the screen after doing nothing for 5 minutes. This is just what I want, but after that I am not able to unlock it again. The screen remains black when I move or click the mouse or even if I push a button on the keyboard.

I still found a workaround:

  • press Ctrl+Alt+F8
  • wait some seconds (the annoying part)
  • press Ctrl+Alt+F7

Any idea what's wrong?

Hardware details:

  • HP EliteBook 8440p
  • Graphic card: NVIDIA NVS 3100M
  • Driver: nvidia-current 260.19.06
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Same problem.… – iElectric Aug 26 '11 at 21:33
on 11.10 I also have the same problem, Ctrl Alt F1 and then Ctrl Alt F7 again also solves this for me, after a very annoying wait of about a minute. any good ideas? – user1201232 Apr 10 '12 at 8:36

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