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Old 03-06-2004, 10:38 AM   #1
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Support for Suspend, Hibernate or other quick shutdown/startup options

I've got a new HP NX7000 notebook and running SuSE 9 (Kernel 2.4.21-192-default) and have been successful in getting sound, video and even the built in Intel wireless card (thanks to and support from and their use of the WINDOWS drivers (?!?!?). ACPI is even partially working (I get updates on battery/ac adapter usage and of course charge levels on the battery) but I can't get standby, suspend, or any other quick off/on function to work. HELP!!!! I'd like to ditch XP but this is problem is a killer. Thanks
Old 03-06-2004, 12:01 PM   #2
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If Suse's kernel isn't patched, then you will most likely have to compile your own kernel with the swsusp patch found here. I believe that swsusp is part of the 2.6 series kernel, but I haven't used a 2.6 yet to verify.
Old 06-23-2004, 07:20 AM   #3
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SuSE suspend

I have just been thru this...My old laptop had APM and SuSE 8.2 etc all had perfectly working standby (to memory, quickest)
and suspend (hibernate; to disk). New POS laptop is HP pavillion ZE4600, no APM, ACPI only. I read that some parts of
ACPI in hardware (BIOS + CPU) are still proprietary so Linux developers cannot get them working easily.

Result is: on my new laptop with SuSE 9.0 (2.4 kernel) suspend does not work, as is clearly stated in the SuSE release notes.
Furthermore it cannot easily be made to work with this kernel. The SuSE kernels are highly modified and patches like the
swsusp patch from sourceforge often/usually cannot be applied successfully. I got hundreds of "rejected hunks" when I tried this. Of course if you are a masochist you could try hand hacking every one of the hundred or so routines that the patch modifies, but I need to get work done not hack Linux.

SOOOO.....installed 9.1 which has working 2.6 kernel. My box has some specific problems with dsdt/powernow (see for this digression). Anyhow with 2.6 kernel suspend does work. Standby does not work, per SuSE release notes.

My recommendation: SuSE 9.1.


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