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401 TIP: Keep Official 7″ Raspberry Pi Touchscreen On

One of the challenges that I ran in to was to disable the blanking of the Official 7″ Raspberry Pi Touchscreen. Disabling it in the GUI was easy, but disabling it from a SSH session for a GUI based install was difficult. ¬†Until I looked at the source code for rasp-config and saw how the Raspberry Pi Foundation did it.

All you need to do is add, or edit one file and reboot. Here are the steps:

sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-blanking.conf

Once in the file add or edit the following lines:

Section "Extensions"
    Option      "DPMS" "Disable"
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "ServerLayout0"
    Option "StandbyTime" "0"
    Option "SuspendTime" "0"
    Option "OffTime"     "0"
    Option "BlankTime"   "0"
EndSection

All that is left is a reboot and you are off to the always on Office 7″ Raspberry Pi Touchscreen.