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Old 01-16-2005, 07:28 AM   #1
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linux on toshiba laptop

i run xandros oce 2.0 on a toshiba 1805-s204 laptop.

some things that i can't seem to get working properly are:

dpms: display wont power off after x amount of minutes have passed. the display always stays on, either ac powered or battery powered.

under power control in the control panel: it says acpi suspend/standby is not supported. is this maybe a xandros unsupported thing? could i used another distro that would?

because of this i find i cannot close the top and have the laptop go to sleep suspend/standby. it stays on all the time unless i tell it to shut down, which it does.

i cannot "restart" the computer. i must shutdown, then use the power button. no biggie, but i think it all has to do with acpi not working.

should i switch distos? what could i do to get these things working?

Old 01-16-2005, 12:50 PM   #2
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I'm afraid it sounds like most of this stuff is due to lack of ACPI support. This means Xandros didn't enable it in their stock kernel. So, yes, changing distributions may solve your problem. The other option is to recompile your kernel with ACPI support enabled. I have no idea whether Xandros gives you kernel sources or assumes their users won't want them, but you can get the source at, and there are many kernel compiling guides out there, including on the LQ wiki and fora.
It sounds like a hassle, I know, but you're going to have to do it one day probably

EDIT: run `ls /proc/acpi` and see if that gives you anything to check acpi support quickly. If it turns out you do have acpi enabled, it may be that it is the laptop that doesn't support acpi (older models don't) and you will have to disable that and enable APM support instead. Again, by recompiling your kernel.

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