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It doesn't allow suspend to Ram. I also disabled suspend to disk, just in case. The battery meter still just reads "Running on batteries--1% charged"
One thing I've noticed (may be irrelevant) is that in Yast > System > System Services (Runlevel), 'acpid' is not running, but 'powersaved (especially for laptops)' is. I believe I saw somewhere that 'powersaved' runs acpid though. Is this true? I can't seem to have both of them running at the same time.
I'll keep playing with it and post anything I find out.
this was also my impression. broken dsdt-tables is known for acer notebooks but also for others. the reason is that windoofs usually does not think about some errors in that tables and it works more or less. but linux is exact and intelligent. so you have to get the right table and to put it with yast into your initrd at boot, then all works fine. yast->system->editor for /etc/sysconfig->kernel and so on. there is one option you can put the path to your dsdt-table in. but, important, you should follow the instructions on the homepage for the dsdt-tables to build your table right. as far as I remember you have to compile the downloaded file with some intel-driver to get your table.
thanks for the suggestions all. I haven't had any time to play with the machine between school and work. I'm wanting to install SuSE 10 and see if I have any luck with that, of course that has opened up an entirely different can of worms (see post http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...02#post2012802)
once I get that installed, I'll post whatever I find. thanks again.