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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 ...