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Ubuntu 12.10 Fan overspeeding

I have installed Ubuntu 12.10 leaving Win 7 licensed version. But again as usual I need to fix so many issues. This time fan is generating lots of noise. It looks it is running at max speed. My ...
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How to disable energy saving on notebook screen when using Scientific Linux 6.3?

So there is a notebook that has Scientific Linux 6.3 installed with GNOME 2. If we don't press any button on the keyboard or move the mouse, the screen of it turns black. But: if we move the ...
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What is kondemand?

I have searched the web for the answer of this question but couldn't find a clear answer. Best answer I found was as follows: kondemand is a kernel thread that belongs to the ondemand governor of ...
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How can I get an alert when my battery is about to die in Linux Mint?

This happens to me more than I'd like to admit, but sometimes I don't notice the power getting low since it only shows up in my status bar, then the computer just quits. I'd like a big alert that ...
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What changed in Linux kernel (2.6.22) that gives hdparm support for power-on in standby?

Hdparm man page lists for parameter -s: Enable/disable the power-on in standby feature, if supported by the drive. VERY DANGEROUS. Do not use unless you are abso- ...
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Undervolting in Linux

Could you recommend me something different like Linux-PHC for undervolting in Linux? I would like to undervolt my AMD Phenom 9850 CPU. I am using Debian squeeze x64. For underclocking I use ...
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Why does drive not enter standby mode when using hdparm -S

When reading the hdparm manual pages, it says that the -S value is used by the drive to determine how long to wait (with no disk activity) before turning off the spindle motor to save power ...
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pm-utils: No network in suspend scripts?

I'd like to put a script in /etc/pm/suspend.d/ that needs network access (for a very short time) before allowing the system to suspend. However, even with scripts named "001_something" in ...
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System-wide power management policy on debian-based distros?

I would like to put idle machines in our lab (running Mint Debian edition) on standby after a timeout. I have tried pm-suspend and it puts the machines on standby and wakes up fine. Does anybody know ...
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How to disable nvidia ion on Asus eeepc 1201NL?

It seems that my netbook consumes battery too aggressively. I've been told that Nvidia ION videocard embedded into it has 2 cores and one of them is consuming battery all the time in Linux, since it ...
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How to stop waking all attached drives on reboot / deactivating swap?

A fresh install of Debian 6.0.6 for a system has 13 SATA drives attached. 12 refurbished WD-10EARS drives are yet unpartitioned. 1 WD1500BLFS drive is configured for OS and swap. Swap partition is ...
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Why kernel 3.6.2 is so much less energy efficient than 3.6.1 on Mint 13?

I noticed, that the power consumption in my ASUS P53E notebook is doubled (from 10W to 20W) when I change from kernel 3.6.1 to 3.6.2 (or later). I use Ubuntu Quantal mainline kernel from ...
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Thinkpad T400: Suspend to HD doesn't resume

I've got a Thinkpad T400 with Gentoo Linux installed. Suspend-to-RAM works like a charm. However, Susped-to-Disk doesn't work: if I suspend, the Laptop powers down and accesses the HD for around 30s. ...
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How can I set power button (on computer case) to power off system with `systemd`?

How can I set the power button (on my computer case, not keyboard) to power off the system with systemd (without acpid)?
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Is it possible to automatically wake from suspend?

Here's my problem: I have a laptop running Arch that I just keep on at home. It's got a good 4 hour battery life, but sometimes my daughter is playing near where it's kept and ends out pulling the ...
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How to adjust charging thresholds of laptop battery?

My laptop is Lenovo T400, and OS is Ubuntu 12.04. I have not been able to adjust the thresholds for battery starting charging and stopping charging. I observed that its current starting charging ...
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Console won't power off on PowerPC with Debian

I installed Debian 6.0 on a Power Mac G5. First it would boot to a blank screen but I fixed that by blacklisting nouveau as described here. Now the monitor will never turn off. It's a server so I'll ...
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Power saving enables touchpad

I've installed power saving packages (bumblebee, laptop-mode-tools, and cpufreq) to my laptop with Debian Wheezy. Thanks to that I decrease power usage from 32W to 10W. But now I faced the issue that ...
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Debian hibernate problem PM: Swap header not found

I have Debian 6 2.6.32-5-amd64 on netbook. With pm-utils Sleep works but hibernate fails with error: PM: Swap header not found!. Swap was enabled using ubuntu tutorial after installation - this is ...
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Measuring the current or the power

Is there a way to measure the electric current or power of the whole computer or its components using software? Voltage can be measured, and I am wondering why not with the current/power.
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ACPI (Advanced Configuration And Power Configuration) not present on 2.6.38.8?

I need to disable some parts in ACPI, but it is simply not present in kernel 2.6.38.8 (downloaded as a tar from net)? I can see the option in kernel 2.6.34-12 (default on OpenSuse 11.3), but not in ...
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Hibernate does not power down laptop

I have an Asus U30J laptop with both windows 7 and Linux Mint 12 installed. When I try to hibernate the laptop, the following message appears on the screen and I have to push the power button to ...
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Avoid display blanking under X

I have an Ubuntu Linux box (12.04). I can't prevent the screen blanking under X. I have tried the command xset s off, inserted the command line kernel parameter acpi=off in grub at kernel boot. ...
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Ethernet NIC power usage on laptop?

I was wondering if the ethernet NIC draws any power at all when using Wifi? If it does, since I rarely use it, so is there a way to completely turn off the power from the device? I know some devices ...
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disk spins-down too fast

I use Ubuntu 12beta on Lenovo Z575. I noticed that the disk spins down very quickly, few seconds after the last operation. And when I am working, e.g. in the vim and write quite often, it spins-up and ...
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Linux kernel 3.3 power regression

I am using Fedora 16 in my DELL n4110. I recently upgraded the kernel from 3.2 to 3.3. In contradiction to the official claim, my system still drains battery as hell. It only provides 1:30 to 2 hrs of ...
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How do I prevent GNOME suspending while I finish a compilation job

I am trying to build a custom kernel for my machine which is taking a long time to build (as expected). Is it possible to stop my GNOME desktop from suspending the machine until the compilation has ...
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Battery management - are there differences between distros?

I have heard that Linux, in general, has poor notebook battery management: the battery lifetime is reduced significantly (I have noticed it on my MacBook 2.1 with Ferdora installed) Are there any ...
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on puppy linux, how to manage power settings

I'm new to using Puppy Linux, and I'm not able to find a way to manage power settings. The laptop stops working everytime I close and re-open the lid so I want to disable that function from doing ...
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How to turn off all screensaver/display power saving methods under Scientific Linux 6.1?

How can I ensure that my screen won't go "black" after given time?
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CPU governor settings

What are CPU governor settings? How can I get their values, if they're set? I have 24 vCPUs on my machine.
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Preventing ChromeOS from blanking the screen when working on a different tty

I am running Archlinux in a chroot alongside Chrome OS on a chromebook. The original project is there, my fork of it is here (mostly similar). The issue is that the display power management of Chrome ...
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How to power off USB stick or MMC card under linux?

Usually I just unmount the usb stick or mmc before unplugging it but I'd prefer to turn the power off before doing so. I think Windows does this, so the hardware should allow for turning off the power ...
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Can Bumblee really help with Optimus Laptops?

I bought Lenovo Z570 which comes with nVidia GEForce GT520M (Optimus technology) and recently I installed Ubuntu 11.10. Surprisingly, whenever I boot my system CPU fan rotates at very high speed and ...
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Cannot control brightness with Fedora 14 on Compaq CQ42

I've done the primary searching of similar questions, Found some, tried the solutions and they didn't work for me. So asking again. All the keys of my Fn combination works except the brightness ones. ...
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How to identify if there is some power saving setting that powered down a processor in Linux

I have a linux server that apparently has two Intel Xeon X5670. /proc/cpuinfo shows 12 CPUs but dmidecode shows only one CPU and the other one is in the Unpopulated status like it is showing that ...
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How to turn off screen under Linux/BSD?

How can I turn off my laptops screen from software side? ex.: under Scientific-linux, OpenBSD? Or the best I can do from OS side is just to show a black picture? Are there any solutions?
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Can't control brightness on HP Pav dv6t running Fedora 16

I installed FC 16 on my HP Pavilion dv6 with a 9-cell battery. I get approximately 7-8 hours on Windows 7, but at best 3 hours on Fedora. I cannot adjust the screen brightness using the fn keys, nor ...
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FreeBSD CPU frequency scaling on AMD Sempron 2100

I have FreeBSD 9.0-RC3 installed on an HP Thin Client that has a Mobile AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 2100+. I am trying to get cpufreq and powerd to manage the frequency of the processor, but I'm not ...
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Battery monitor for LXDE in Arch Linux

I have Arch Linux plus LXDE installed in my laptop. I want to know the status of the battery level. I tried to install batterymon, but got too many errors that I couldn't decipher. Is there any ...
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Setting CPU frequency guidelines

I'm changing my CPU frequency because of noisy fan. I used sudo cpufreq-selector -g powersave for this purpose, but I replaced my Linux system Xubuntu with Lubuntu because it utilizes better ...
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Will switching from Gnome to LXDE improve battery life?

I currently have Fedora 14 and the battery life is not so good. I am planning to switch to Fedora 16. Will I get significantly more battery life if I go for the LXDE spin instead of GNOME?
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Ubuntu Server Continuously “goes to sleep”

I am running a web server at home using Ubuntu 11.4 (maybe? I can't 100% recall) on an older AMD 2400+ desktop with 1 or 2 GB of RAM. Sorry I can't recall the details 100%. Anyway, I have a KVM ...
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No gnome-power-manager command but it is installed on Arch

I'm running latest Arch, have GNOME and Fluxbox and my main windows manager is Fluxbox. I wanted to manage my power settings in Fluxbox and i added gnome-power-manager in startup but is says there ...
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Power off USB storage device/port to avoid power consumption

A connected USB storage device, even if unused (unmounted, etc.), consumes power. How can I turn it off / turn its power off so that it doesn't consume power as if it was disconnected, but without ...
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How can I find out the estimated power use of my desktop computer?

Is there a way to get the computer power usage instead of battery load tracking (what for instance seemingly powertop does), which is obviously not too useful on desktops?
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Disabling lid-closure sleep while on battery in Debian Squeeze

How do you disable lid-closure sleep at the GDM screen (not logged in) on Squeeze?
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Powertop strange results

I have installed Ubuntu 11.04 and battery life decreased by 2 times. Powertop documentation says that there should be 3 wakeups per second, I have 800-900. I think it's very strange because I didn't ...
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How to prevent my screens from dimming (going black) from the command line

In KDE, there was a system setting where you could specifically set the monitors to never go black. Now I've switched to dwm and (it might not be related) my screens dim after about 10 minutes. How ...
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Screen brightness reverts to max after returning from `xset dpms` display suspend

I'm running the openbox window manager and using this line in my autostart.sh to control display power management: xset dpms 0 60 0 This works nicely, causing the display to suspend after 60 ...