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Old 08-01-2005, 08:17 AM   #1
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Angry Standby problem on my Laptop

Hi guys,

I just installed College Linux on my laptop. It all went fine and finally I got the KDE 3.1 working.

Just about when everything was looking fine, I got a problem which is blowing my head out. My laptop keeps going into standby mode periodically after 2 mins.

I checked out the power controls for laptop, but I could'nt find anything that seems to solve my problem. I just dont want my laptop to sleep after every couple of minutes.

I am a new user of linux, so please help me with some simple solution. I don't even know how to use the 'vi' command properly.

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Old 08-01-2005, 05:15 PM   #2
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Standby Issues

What version is the kernel?

Are you using apm or acpi? check this by typing lsmod as root in a terminal. If you see things like fan thermal and processor then you have acpi. If not, you have apm and need to modify your apm settings.
Old 08-01-2005, 05:27 PM   #3
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thanks for your reply.....

Well I am not sure about the kernel, but I am using the latest CollegeLinux (its called 2.5 Obi Wan)....

I think I have apm installed, because I have edited the following file:


and commented the line : /sbin/modprobe apm

It worked... my laptop does not go into standby anymore....but now I cannot modify my laptop power management settings from the Control Panel in KDE..... I know that I have disabled the apm now....

So is there any way, that I can modify this APM such that it does suspend my laptop but not so often... I mean after 20 minutes etc instead of 2 mins... Also the strange thing was that it would standby even if I was working... unlike windows where computer only goes into standby mode only when it is idle for some time.....

How to make it work like windows...??? Thanks


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