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Author Topic: How to configure behavior when lid is closed?  (Read 4694 times)


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How to configure behavior when lid is closed?
« on: June 29, 2007, 07:03:47 am »

Hi - I hope I'll be forgiven for posting this issue in two different places here
in the "Portable VL" area.. I posted this same concern in a topic started by
Joe which he started about a certain make and model of laptop (which is the
same as I have).  But I am thinking I may need to start a topic about this
specific issue of trying to configure suspend/hybernate or standby:

The machine is a new Acer Aspire 5610z running Vector Linux
5.8 SOHO. I Would like to have it go into either suspend or
standby when I close the lid, or to at least find out how to
configure it so that I can make those choices, even to have it
shut down when closing the lid if I so desire.

I have the KDE Control Center "Power Control" set to go into
screensaver at 10 minutes, standby at 20, suspend at 30 and
power off at 60. The only thing that works is the screensaver,
the rest of it is ignored and it just stays in screensaver
mode indefinitely.

ACPI is installed, as well as lm-sensors, etc. Is there a
file that I can edit for the proper standby/suspend, etc

Help with this would be appreciated very much.

  - Jerry


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Re: How to configure behavior when lid is closed?
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2007, 08:25:53 am »

Well to at least get the screen to turn off properly edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file (as root in a terminal) and add the following line to the Monitor stanza of that file:

Option "DPMS"

that will not however, solve your suspend to ram issue, that is something else altogether!
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Re: How to configure behavior when lid is closed?
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2007, 10:08:50 am »

Thank you, Lagagnon, for your reply.  As it is, I ended up reinstalling lm-sensors
and starting over.

I just finished testing it and it seems to be working now.  One way I can tell is
that the bottom of the computer cools off now after being in suspend for a while.
It never does heat up terrible, my core temps are both at about 48 degrees celcius
almost all the time, but it is noticable enough around the touchpad area to be
able to tell when it's been on or off for a while.  ;)

Thanks again for your reply.. now, if I can just get the built in cam corder to work
I'll be one happy camper with Vector on this new laptop.  ;D

   - Jerry