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Old 03-17-2006, 11:37 AM   #1
Registered: Jun 2005
Location: Richmond, Virginia
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ACPI question

Hi everybody,

Just installed Suse 10 on my Toshiba M55. I'm new to the ACPI stuff, so I'd like to ask some help in "testing" to see if things like the cpu controls, fan controls, etc., are working (or not, or if they have to be compiled). Any help would be great...I just can't make heads or tails on what command to type in or what utility to run, and what it would mean or not mean. I've been to a bunch of sites, but it's like trying to pick a blade of grass out of a yard from 100 feet in the air.

Thanks in advance,

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Old 03-17-2006, 12:47 PM   #2
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I've had a lot of fun and games with this area.

first make sure you install BOTH acpi and acpid (acpid is the daeomn that does the work)

apt-get install acpi acpid
Next at the command prompt type in:

acpi -V
The -a tells it to show all. On my HP nx5000 i get this output
amon@amonmobile:~$ acpi -V
     Battery 1: charged, 100%
     Thermal 1: active[1], 62.0 degrees C
     Thermal 2: ok, 54.0 degrees C
     Thermal 3: ok, 29.0 degrees C
  AC Adapter 1: on-line
give it the -h argument to find out other modes of displaying stuff.

is that what you were after?
Old 03-17-2006, 12:57 PM   #3
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Thumbs up yes indeed, thanks

Thanks, that's along the lines of what I was looking for. I'll see if Suse 10 has those or not and if not, see if I can install them. I was playing with it, and ran the kpower control under kde; I played around with throttling, etc., and it *showed* that the thing was throttling down to 800mhz at idle, and as soon as I do something, goes to full power. I ASSUME that also means that everything is hunky-dory. I discovered that suspend to disk works, and power off works, both out of the box. But I'll play with your suggestions when I get home this evening.

Thanks again,


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