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Old 01-24-2019, 09:29 AM   #1
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(Newbie) Bodhi prevent from going to sleep (Plex Server)


I am brand new to Linux and Bodhi is my first distribution. I chose Bodhi because it was light weight and running on an older machine (decent specs still 3.4GHZ, 8GB RAM, 120 GB SSD). The sole purpose of this machine is to be a Plex media Server. While it was not straight forward or easy, I was able to get Plex setup (and even successful mounted an external HD). However, after a certain period of time, it goes into screen lock and Plex no longer works. I want this to always be on (monitor can go to sleep). I also do not need to have password to login. I have done some digging online and most Ibuntu solves ... donít seem to translate for the Bodhi build. Seems like some preferences and options in Stock Ubuntu are not in Bodhi. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!!!
 
Old 01-25-2019, 03:14 AM   #2
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can you share some of the steps you have tried so far so any answers won't repeat steps that haven't been successful?
 
Old 01-25-2019, 03:19 AM   #3
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i have mine set to blank, but it never locks. it has been some time since i set that up, but if i recall correctly that was through settings/screen/blanking. it sounds like maybe yours has a setting under screen lock that might need to be cleared.
 
Old 01-25-2019, 11:55 PM   #4
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Yeah mine blanks but never locks also. I don't recall having to do anything special for that, but when I installed I did do the login w/o password choice or whatever it was. And surely if it asked for a password when it blanked the first time I immediately figured out how to disable that.

You're right, preferences and settings GUIs are usually different in Bodhi than other xubuntus. Command line and config file stuff is usually the same tho.

Is it actually suspending by itself? Or just somehow plex stops responding during screensaver? What is the current state; do you boot w/o password? screensaver w/o password?

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Old 01-26-2019, 04:27 AM   #5
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The sole purpose of this machine is to be a Plex media Server.
in that case you should install a distro without a gui.
a server distro.
maybe ubuntu server - then suddenly all those tutorials will start to make sense!

though i'd rather recommend debian stable or centos.
 
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Old 01-26-2019, 06:42 AM   #6
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don't know much about this but ondoho's suggestion of running debian server makes sense.
 
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Old 01-26-2019, 10:22 AM   #7
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... Seems like some preferences and options in Stock Ubuntu are not in Bodhi. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!!!
Yes there are but in all likelihood it is the enlightenment (Moksha) settings that you should be looking at. And of course these settings are not present in Ubuntu as it is not enlightenment based.

Take a close look at your screen settings: Settings ⟶ All ⟶ Screen.

In particular go thru the Blanking and screen Lock settings. You may wish to consider enabling presentation mode. I am not gonna install this software to test any of this but you should be able to stop the screen/system going to sleep.
 
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Old 01-26-2019, 11:20 AM   #8
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i was going to say that but not knowing what you guys know i figured i was probably wrong or of track as is sometimes the case.
 
Old 01-26-2019, 10:03 PM   #9
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@OP
I run plex media server on my main laptop with lower spec than you, so although maybe a server os would work too, there's no reason bodhi won't work fine. And I do serve more than one client at a time with cpu to spare, even transcoding hevc to avc. (My issue is overheating tho...., but off topic).

I'm sure you've just got some setting somewhere set to suspend or lock, once you find it, all will be well.

Presentation mode forces the screen to stay on, so if there's another way to turn it off (monitor switch, "display off" button on laptop), that'd be an easy enough workaround too. From start menu it's settings/modes/presentation. I personally use that mode when I'm playing audio via hdmi cuz otherwise screensaver kills my music.

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Old 01-27-2019, 02:55 AM   #10
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^ you are correct on all points i guess.
but i don't think hardware specs were ever the problem here? at least nobody mentioned them so far, not op and nobody else either.

In any case, since op themselves stated:
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The sole purpose of this machine is to be a Plex media Server.
your advice does not fully apply, and i stick to my statement that it is counterproductive to run a desktop distro on it.

in any case we'll need to wait for OP to get back.
 
Old 01-27-2019, 02:09 PM   #11
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in that case you should install a distro without a gui.
a server distro.
maybe ubuntu server - then suddenly all those tutorials will start to make sense!

though i'd rather recommend debian stable or centos.
Can't argue with that reasoning. For the record Bodhi is build from the ubuntu minimal install server ISO. Some stuff removed some stuff added a few settings changed and suddenly ya have Bodhi. Naturally one could go the other way also and convert Bodhi into a gui-less server. Anyway however the OP wishes to handle it.
 
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Old 01-27-2019, 02:57 PM   #12
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Try: Applications>System Tools>System Settings

This will bring up Swami Control Panel. Click on Startup Programs, then remove elaptopcheck from startup. This should make the system think your laptop is a desktop.

Logout or better yet reboot. Then make sure screensaver, screenlock and any power manager programs are set to suspend=never and/or power off=never and see if that helps. You can always add the elaptopcheck back int startup and reset the power manager settings back if it doesn't fix the problem.
 
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