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How to increase the timer before drive spins-down?

I use Ubuntu 12 beta on a Lenovo Z575. I noticed that the disk spins down a few seconds after the last operation. When I am working, e.g. in the vim and write quite often, it spins-up and -down ...
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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 ...
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Powertop tunables: what does it do?

I just installed Powertop 1.98 on my laptop (T420 + FC15). There is a section called "Tunables". Half of my devices show as Bad. I see I can toggle from Bad to Good? What this section is for? What ...
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How can I improve battery life in Fedora 15?

I am seeing a horrible battery life with Fedora 15 (lovelock) with Gnome Shell 3 on my laptop. I keep the screen brightness, back light pretty low. I still get about 1 hr 50 minutes battery life out ...
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Check if display is powered on in Linux

Is there a way to check if a display is powered on in Linux? I tried xrandr and xset but neither of these two gives me any information about monitor power. Using xrandr I can identify if the vga cable ...
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How to make the display go to sleep when screen is locked?

I’m using a Debian amd64 install with the default GNOME desktop. I’m aware that you can go into System | Preferences | Power Management, and choose to make the display go to sleep after a certain ...
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How to properly prepare a server for power outages?

I have a personal Debian server set up, that I'm able to access in person and remotely, but normally I'm away from it and it's remote. It's on a battery-backup surge protector, but sometimes that ...
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Disable USB power for USB controlled power strip

I have a USB controlled power strip that has a single usb port. If my computer is turned on and connected via usb to the power strip, the power strip will provide electricity to all the sockets. I ...
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Slow down the CPU

I tried to slow down my CPU with powernowd and cpufreq-selector. I hoped that with lower frequency it will be less hot and I won't hear my fan every time I will run internet radio. I used the ...
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How to find power draw in watts? [duplicate]

I've been asked to estimate the power consumption of the servers I run for my laboratory. I thought and I'd ask if there was some handy linux commandline to get the power consumption of the server. It ...
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Ubuntu 10.10 notification system area , many icons disappeared like network manager

When I restarted the computer I found no network icon. I tried to access internet but no connection was found. I also didn't have the Bluetooth, sound, battery, and power icon. Its really crazy that I ...
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Power management hook for running *X11* scripts on wake

Earlier I asked a similar question, but that one was about running system-level scripts. I have a script that runs a series of xinput commands in order to enable two-finger scrolling on my touchpad. ...
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Power management hook for running scripts on wake

I'm looking for a way to run an arbitrary script every time my laptop wakes up.
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Preventing battery from charging

I'm running on UPS power and would like to prevent the laptop's battery from charging, to increase the amount of power available to other devices. Is there a way to do this? update: The machine is a ...
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How to avoid powering down certain USB devices when a machine is suspended

I'd like to maintain power supply to a USB-powered drive when the system goes into suspend (AKA S3 or "suspend-to-RAM") mode. Normally the power is cut while the machine is suspended, which causes it ...
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Adding efficient storage to a laptop-based system

I've recently asked an as-yet-unanswered related question. My question here is a bit different: I want to know the best way to add storage to a laptop-based system without sacrificing power ...
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power management of USB-enclosed hard drives [closed]

With a typical USB hard drive enclosure, is the full range of drive power management functionality available? edit: moved this into a separate question: In what may be an unrelated matter: is it ...
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Screen turns on automatically (xset dpms force off)

I am using xset dpms force off to manually turn my screen off to save power. However, it turns back on after some time (20 - 40 seconds). Distro: Ubuntu-Lucid Graphics: Intel 4500 MHD ...
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Screen fading out on GNOME, without ability to cancel

Sometimes, on my Arch Linux laptop, using GNOME for the desktop, my screen will fade out after a while of non-activity (even if I'm watching a video). This fade out is very slow, and can't be ...
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OS X: how to keep the computer from sleeping during a ssh session

When I ssh into a OS X computer on my network the session lasts until the OS X goes into sleep mode. Is there a way to prevent this from happening during my SSH session, apart from physically bumping ...
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Screen doesn't always shut off on its own

It seems like when I have certain web pages focused, my screensaver will kick in, but the screen won't turn itself off. Does anyone have any ideas why this might be? Is there a way to disable whatever ...
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DPMS does not work: the monitor is not switched off [closed]

I have a monitor which was properly switched off by my Debian PC when unused. I attached it to another machine and, this times, it is never switched off. In /etc/X11/xorg.conf, I have: Section ...