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I configured my display settings in the XFCE Power Manager to Blank After 1 minute and Sleep after 5. What I found is that to turn the system back on after it blanks, I have to press Ctrl + Alt + F6 to activate a terminal and then Ctrl + Alt + F7 to open to my computer (Ctrl + Alt + F7 before Ctrl + Alt + F6 doesn't work). To turn my system on after it locks, I press Ctrl + Alt + F7 and it brings up a "This session is locked" screen which is followed by a login screen.

Is there a list of keyboard shortcuts for each of these things, and is the double combination I have to do for waking up a blanked screen normal (if not, a fix)? Much appreciated!

  • If your computer hardware supports suspend on Linux then you should only need to move the mouse or press any key on the keyboard to wake it up. The key combination you are using is what is waking it up... – kemotep Jul 11 '19 at 13:48
  • Could you be more specific? You're saying Ctrl + Alt + F6 and Ctrl + Alt + F7 for waking up from sleep is correct? – Anonymous Jul 11 '19 at 19:02
  • Any key or mouse input should wake your computer from sleep. Pressing Ctrl + Alt + F6 pulls you into an alternate tty which requires you to press Ctrl + Alt + F7 to return to your graphical environment. – kemotep Jul 11 '19 at 19:05
  • For me, any key doesn't work. The alternate tty does appear with Ctrl + Alt + F6 and then Ctrl + Alt + F7 works. My question is this; what keyboard shortcut can I use to jump directly to the graphical enviroment without "passing through" the tty? – Anonymous Jul 11 '19 at 19:10
  • Is this coming back from hibernation or suspend? Also to be clear, Sleep is not well supported on Linux to begin with and you really should not be using Kali Linux as a daily driver, why do you need to suspend when you are using Kali? – kemotep Jul 11 '19 at 19:20

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