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Old 11-30-2004, 10:48 PM   #1
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Heyp! Im quite newb with debian(based) distro. I have installed agnula demudi distro. And im more than happy that my audio equips works. I have some minor problem. When i shutdown computer it shuts everything okay and stay in console wher e it says power shutdown. In another distros (suse, fedora....) it will shutdown "automatic". What prog or maybe patch should i have. Am i totally lost if i thought it should be acpi. Computer is desktop pc.
Old 12-01-2004, 01:30 AM   #2
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This usually means that APM or ACPI is missing from the kernel. Now, I don't know your distribution, but try this from a console...
# Allow local connections:
xhost +local:
# change to root
su -
# go to the current linux source --- if it is not installed, I'm stymied. I HATE when distroes does that :-(
cd /usr/src/linux
# make a backup of the current .config, if it is there
cp .config .config.backup
# get the current config
cat /proc/config.gz > .config
# start the configuraton interface
make xconfig
# Hunt for APM or ACPI --- they are under Power Management or sometihng similar
# Check if they are enabled... if not, post again
Hope it helps...
Old 12-01-2004, 08:37 AM   #3
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These instructions work for Slackware. I'm not sure where to find
these particulars in Debian, but this method is really simple. You
should be able to adapt this to your machine, and if not, perhaps
another Debian user will post and tell you.
Enable Power-off
The ability to "Power off" your computer via software requires your motherboard BIOS to support it. So, in that event, ensure it is enabled in your BIOS, then uncomment the apm line in /etc/rc.d/rc.modules, and place the command apm=power-off in /etc/lilo.conf.

Ensure BIOS Power Management is enabled.

Line 44 of /etc/rc.d/rc.modules (Slackware 10.0) should read:
/sbin/modprobe apm

In /etc/lilo.conf you should have the apm call, for example, in my system it reads:
# Start LILO global section

Now you can issue the command poweroff and Slackware will power off your computer
rather than halting and giving you that last line reading "Power down".
Old 12-01-2004, 08:39 AM   #4
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In my old PII 266, i solved this problem by:

#apt-get install apmd

then, if you use GRUB, with your editor, go to:


add 'noapic nolapic' to the line that starts with:



you should end with something like this:

#koptions noapic nolapic

save and exit


now try shutting the box off with:

#shutdown -h now OR halt

If you're using LILO, do the same in /etc/lilo.conf in the

under it, write this:

append= "noapic nolapic"

save and exit

try shutting it down

If none of this works, after the 'power down' message, just press the power button and keep it pressed for a few seconds, until it goes off.

Last edited by macondo; 12-01-2004 at 08:46 AM.
Old 12-02-2004, 01:31 AM   #5
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Seeing this shutdown thread reminds me of a problem I have with 2 x computers. I have 2 Sarge installs on 2 very different computers (1 x laptop and 1 x PC/server).
Anyway, on both machines when I try to shutdown the computers they start going through shutdown process and then a prompt appears with a message (from my memory) "Press Control D for maintenance or enter password for normal startup"

I have run fsck on both boxes but no joy. Any ideas ?
Old 12-02-2004, 03:51 AM   #6
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Looks like you used the wrong or no option for shutdown, it should read
shutdown -h now
-r would restart AFAIR.


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