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fletcher08 04-18-2010 05:57 AM

Need to suspend or hibernate
 
I've been running Linux for a little less than a year, and I have never been able to suspend or hibernate one of the computers it is on. (I would also like to know which uses less power, suspend or hibernate.)

The computer I am having trouble with is a Dell, with an Intel processor. When I run inxi in terminal, I get the following:

CPU[-Single core Intel Pentium 4 (HT) clocked at 2992.335 Mhz-] Kernel[-2.6.28-11-generic i686-] Up[-22 min-] Mem[-230.8/488.1MB-] HDD[-80.0GB(5.4% used)-] Procs[-122-] Client[-Shell-] inxi[-1.0.6-]

Running inxi -p I get:

Partition: ID:/ size: 72G used: 4.0G (6%) ID:swap-1 size: 1.50GB used: 0.00GB (0%)

And I can run lspci if someone needs it, but the output is long.

So can anyone tell from that if a particular distro or desktop will run better on this machine? I am running Linux Mint 8 XFCE CE on it right now, but it will not suspend or hibernate, as I said. I am wondering if there is some distro, or desktop environment, that would be more compatible with my hardware.

Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.

P.S. I really need an OS that is under 700MB because this computer does not have a DVD reader.

jsteel 04-18-2010 10:24 AM

> I would also like to know which uses less power, suspend or hibernate.

Hibernate uses no power; you can remove the power supply and battery (if laptop) and it will still be in a hibernated state. A suspend uses little power and suspends/resumes much faster. If the power source is removed, the suspended state will be lost and the computer will boot as normal next time.

> So can anyone tell from that if a particular distro or desktop will run
> better on this machine? I am running Linux Mint 8 XFCE CE on it right now,
> but it will not suspend or hibernate, as I said. I am wondering if there
> is some distro, or desktop environment, that would be more compatible with
> my hardware.

I would try Fedora or Ubuntu with GNOME.

> I really need an OS that is under 700MB because this computer does not have a DVD reader.

Most distributions provide a CD (approx. 700MB) installation (like the two I mentioned above).


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