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The reason I ask is that, while suspend under lid closure and fn-F4 work perfectly in the Ubuntu (gnome) desktop, I cannot get them to work when using a different window manager (fvwm) on my thinkpad X201. I thought this was taken care of by gnome-power-manager, but when running gnome-power-manager within fvwm, I get no suspend from lid closure or fn-F4.
I tried starting other processes as well, like gnome-settings-daemon, but this had no effect. I also tried fiddling with acpi settings, without sucess.

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I worked around my problem by declaring fvwm as my window manager from within gnome-session. This is good because gnome still controls the power management and gets it all right, but not ideal in that fvwm doesn't work perfectly in this environment. I would still like to know how gnome is getting the laptop to suspend under lid closure and fn-F4 so that I could manage it myself.

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I been using the pm-* (power management) tools under xfce4. Call sudo pm-suspend or sudo pm-hibernate from a panel button. I do remember a little hiccup when I upgraded to 10.04, but no issues going to 10.10.

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Sounds like you have to do it all manually then--no suspend on lid closure? I worked around my problem by declaring fvwm as my window manager from within gnome-session; this is good because gnome still controls the power management and gets it all right, but not ideal in that fvwm doesn't work perfectly in this environment. I would still like to know how gnome is getting the laptop to suspend under lid closure and fn-F4 so that I could manage it myself. Why is it such an undocumented secret? Gnome is getting to be too much like Windows! –  jcline Feb 9 '11 at 4:57

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