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  1. #1

    Power down problems

    This question is kind of two headed...

    1. I am running Slack 9.1 with the scsi kernel (#1 from the installation list). I am running this on an Athlon 1.33, 512Mb RAM. When I am in a terminal (as root), and I issue the command "shutdown -h now", the system goes through it's shutdown scripts as it should. However, when it is completed, standard out states "Power Down". It will not turn off automatically. Power Management is enabled in the BIOS. Is there a tool to configure the Power Management in the OS? It's weird because it almost seems as if it is already enabled in the OS, because if the terminal (or wm) sits for a while, the screen will go blank until I press a key on the keyboard... If possible, I would like a command line tool, as I am trying to stay away from KDE and GNome (I am using Fluxbox, in an attempt to keep me from being lazy).

    2. Second Issue... relating to power management... when my screen goes black after sitting for a while, I can't get the machine to come back to life unless I use the keyboard. The mouse will not revive it. Also, even after using the keyboard to get it back up and running, I can't use the mouse for anything. It's like the mouse goes to sleep, and will not wake up. It's not that big of a deal, as I am using the terminal most of the time, but if I have Fluxbox up, and I want to use Opera to cruise the web, I have to switch to the terminal and reboot. I haven't tried restarting X yet... maybe that will work... I don't know, I just would rather cruise the web with Opera, than do it text-based (I want to learn, but I don't think I am that die-hard)

    As usual, thanks for the help guys. You are keeping me sane! (Which says alot)
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  2. #2

    Re:Power down problems

    well, this just doesnt hit the soft power switch to turn the computer off, personally i dont know any distribution that does this. although i havent tried on alot because i dont usually shutdown lol, i am always rebooting. no reason to hard poweroff.

    i know when i am in fluxbox it goes back to normal after this power management. i dont know why your mouse would not work if you did it the way you did.
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  3. #3

    Re:Power down problems

    Well, when I used to use Mandrake or Red Hat 8 and 9, I xould execute the 'shutdown -h now' and after the system was finished with the process, it would turn off completely, on it's own. Then I would be able to turn it on later by pressing a key on the keyboard. I have no idea why this isn't working right... No big deal I suppose...
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    1 x Maxtor MaxLine SATA 300Gb 16Mb Cache
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  4. #4

    Re:Power down problems

    shutdown -h now shouldn't power the machine off
    you could try 'powerdown' or 'halt -p'
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  5. #5

    Re:Power down problems

    that probably means that redhat and them have a different script for shutdown...
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  6. #6

    Re:Power down problems

    No, it's pretty much all the same. There is some configuration you have to do in your kernel for ACPI. I never could get this to work with the 2.4.x kernel except one time, and I never could remember what I did to have it work, but for the 2.6.x all I did was enable ACPI, and check the system button, and whatever else in there that didn't pertain to laptops.
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  7. #7

    Re:Power down problems

    oh cool.
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  8. #8
    johnqpublic
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    Re:Power down problems

    What I do to get Slack to shutdown my computer is go to /etc/rc.d/rc.local and with a text editor type: insmod apm and save changes.Your puter should shutdown now if memmory serves me correctly.

  9. #9
    r_f_o_t
    Guest

    Re:Power down problems

    Quote Originally Posted by johnqpublic
    What I do to get Slack to shutdown my computer is go to /etc/rc.d/rc.local and with a text editor type: insmod apm and save changes.Your puter should shutdown now if memmory serves me correctly.
    You also could uncomment /sbin/modprobe apm in /etc/rc.d/rc.modules

  10. #10

    Re:Power down problems

    Great idea, good job

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