Advanced power management (APM) is supported by the
but because some older machines have problems with it some Debian
kernels have it turned off by default. Thus, when you poweroff your
machine (e.g., by poweroff) the machine does not
automatically power down.
To turn on apm, if apm is compiled into the kernel (i.e., not a
module) then simply add the following to the kernel configuration
(often in /etc/lilo/conf, assuming you are using
lilo to boot your machine):
If you have apm as a module then use the following when you load the
# modprobe apm power_off=1
Or for a more persistent approach add the following line to
Some relevant kernel configurations are:
This configuration allows, for example, the suspend feature to
function on laptops (so that when you close the laptop lid the OS
suspends). The laptop will beep then turn itself off. Simply open the
laptop lid to resume. This works for both console logins and X
You can also eject the laptop from a docking station to achieve the
same effect. When the laptop lid is opened, or the laptop is inserted
back into a docking station, the system resumes. It seems advisable to
do this only when in console mode (that is, not while you have an X
session running - it's not quite there for X sessions yet).
It is also suggested to install the apmd
provides the apm command. This produces a more human
readable output than a simple cat /proc/apm and can suspend
your laptop from the command line:
AC off-line, battery status high: 56% (2:27)
# apm -s
A suspend while connected to power within a docking station does
not seem to suspend the machine completely. It sends it to sleep but
it does not beep and power down.
Some useful commands related to rebooting are:
# poweroff (shutdown and turn off the computer)
# reboot (shutdown and reboot the computer)
After installing the apmd package the suspend maintains the clock
correctly between a suspend and a resume. (Although I seem to be
losing a few seconds each time.)
Note that a suspend will disconnect your modem!
PROBLEMS When you eject the laptop from a docking station
while running an X session it does not come back properly when the
laptop is reinserted into a docking station. Sometimes the display is
half off the screen. Sometimes simply get streaks across the screen.
If this happens, you can go back to a console as usual with
CTRL-ALT-F1, or exit from the X session with
CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE. If you eject while running an X session
and open the laptop lid you will not get the proper display, and may
damage the display. It can also freeze the laptop.
Suspend maintains RAM with the battery. Hibernate saves everything to
disk. Standby powers down disks and the lcd display.
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