How to turn off Ubuntu Server laptop screen

I set my old Dell Inspiron 8100 laptop* to run on Ubuntu Server.  Everything was running fine except one problem.  The OS would go into screen saver mode, but the screen would never turn off.  After some searching I found this [http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1097503] posted by 2buntu:

(run while SSH’ing into the server)
1. sudo apt-get install vbetool
2. sudo vbetool dpms off
3. sudo vbetool dpms on
4. sudo vbetool dpms off

voila! The screen is off.

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One thought on “How to turn off Ubuntu Server laptop screen

  1. You posted this almost 2 years ago, but I just wanted to say thank you. It still seems to work as the easiest, and most space-efficient, option I’ve found so far. If not for you, I’d probably still be searching for how to solve this problem simply and elegantly, rather than have to close the laptop at night. šŸ™‚

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