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How to hide desktop or to show black screen so I can display images and videos by fbi and omxplayer without seeing desktop when next image is loaded?

  • Like Milliways said, dont use the desktop. you can disable automatic desktop starting in raspi-config->boot options. – scitronboy Apr 9 '18 at 14:52
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You can try to switch off the backlight if available for your display. On the command line you can do it with:

rpi ~$ sudo /bin/sh -c 'echo "0" > /sys/class/backlight/soc\:backlight/brightness'

and on again:

rpi ~$ sudo /bin/sh -c 'echo "1" > /sys/class/backlight/soc\:backlight/brightness'
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fbi doesn't need a GUI so don't use one.

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  • I need to run browser after fbi. I managed to blank the screen by opening black image by pqiv pqiv -f -i blank.png& – JPX Apr 13 '18 at 5:39

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