when i try to run kdetv (after chooseing the correct settings) or wine (any win program) or liquidwars (i don't have this anymore but i think your getting my point) this happens:

my screen goes black (still non-powersave) for a split second. then goes to full power save.
from here i can never get the image back without rebooting.

i try ctrl-alt-backspace and it goes back to black (non powersave).
i try ctrl-alt-f1 and i see for a short time the very scrambled letters of the login prompt (like v sync and h sync off about 100 turns of the dial) then it goes to powersave.

the easy soultion would be to never run these programs. but i for one don't like easy (restricting) soultions.

-running an ATI 9200