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This is related to the issue discussed in this question. Summary: the mouse freezes when operating on battery since it is autosuspended after a certain time and needs more time to wake up. Disabling usb-autosuspend for the mouse's receiver in powertop is a temporary solution but does not survive a reboot.

How can I permanently disable the usb autosuspend for only one specific device?

A solution that does not involve installing additional packages is preferred (after all, I want to disable something) but not required. Removing powertop (which seems to be a solution for some) is not what I want - I like poertop... And installing laptop-mode-tools to disable usb_autosuspend alltogether is not what I want, either, thus the new question.

Also: will this affect the battery of my notebook? The logitech unifying receiver for the mouse stays connected all the time, so if that prevents the autosuspend from happening for all devices that would probably be bad.

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You've probably long since resolved your issue, but since this thread was the first hit when I googled the same problem, I figured someone might find it useful to have a reference to the solution here :)

As mentioned here, the trick consists in using lsusb to ascertain the device IDs of the USB devices you wish to disable autosuspend for, and then add them to AUTOSUSPEND_USBID_BLACKLIST in the /etc/laptop-mode/conf.d/usb-autosuspend.conf config file (details are well documented in there as well).

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Actually my mouse got lost/stolen shortly after, so I cannot test this. But judging from the .conf file this is exactly the kind of thing I was hoping for :) –  black_puppydog Nov 3 '13 at 11:36

The power options for a USB device are in /sys/bus/usb/devices/n-n/power. Unfortunately, what n-n is for a given device takes some sleuthing to find out, so I think this will prove a stumbling block when it comes to having a script that automatically does

echo -1 > /sys/bus/usb/devices/3-2/power/autosuspend

to turn off autosuspend on that device. The magic n-n does actually appear in the output of

udevadm info --export-db

so I think udev will be your friend here; some kind of udev script keyed on a parameter that identifies your mouse, then runs a script that echos -1 into the relevant file.

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Will this survive a reboot? echoing into /sys seems to be non-permanent, isn't it? –  black_puppydog Sep 16 '12 at 18:53
Put the command in your /etc/rc.local before the 'exit 0' line –  Bryce Sep 18 '14 at 23:51

I had a similar problem with PCs on an Avocent KVM, where laptop-mode-tools is not installed (and didn't want to solve it that way in any case). In my case, autosuspending the KVM made the keyboard and mouse behave erratically (after a few seconds idle, they'd suspend and lose input data for a while until enough clicks and shakes woke them up.)

When I ran powertop and toggled USB autosuspend off for the Avocent, powertop told me the command to disable it from the command line was:

echo 'on' > '/sys/bus/usb/devices/3-10/power/control'

The '3-10' bit will be different on different systems. I'm not sure how to determine that other than running powertop, but there's probably some way.

Instead, I used a udev rule to match the product id of my device:

trent+14.04:/etc/udev/rules.d$ cat 10-usb-avocent-kvm-pm.rules

ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="0624", ATTR{idProduct}=="0013", ATTR{product}=="SC Secure KVM", TEST=="power/control", ATTR{power/control}:="on"

To get the proper udev information I ran:

udevadm info -a --path /sys/bus/usb/devices/N-N

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