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This is why the acpi features have warnings when you enable them. They may or may not work. If your laptop doesnt suspend properly, stop using suspend. Basically, its, wait for the future when things will get a little better support.
How did you get ACPI even to function for root?
I've got an HP notebook and have AC/Battery notifications but can't put the system into standby (and would love to, this is the hold-out to dumping Windows).
I'm running SuSE 9, kernel 2.4.21-192-default.
ACPI reports battery level and charging status so I think at least elements of it are there and have to be running. I looked for the /boot/grub/grub.conf file but found no .conf files in that directory structure. Installed SuSE with YaST etc... I found in a plain text file in /boot called "config-2.4.21-192-default". It contained the following data on ACPI:
# ACPI Support
# CONFIG_ACPI_HT_ONLY is not set
# CONFIG_ACPI_DEBUG is not set
I've only run RH9 and FC2 now and have no experience with SuSE9. However, on both FC2 and RH9, the grub.conf file is in the /boot/grub/ dir. Hopefully someone with experience in SuSE will be able to help you.