Questions related to power management, particularly power saving measures.

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How to make powertop “Device Power Management” suggestion permanent? [duplicate]

When I run powertop on my laptop I get following suggestion: Suggestion: Enable Device Power Management by pressing the P key Doing this results in considerable saving in power usage and I would ...
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What Activities Stop Computer from Sleeping

I generally set up power hungry servers with a fairly short timeout before they're supposed to suspend or hibernate, but they seem to occasionally go to sleep during file transfers, ssh sessions, etc. ...
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How to shutdown Ubuntu after (2 hours) of idle?

Running: Xubuntu 14.04 32bit. I have read several outdated, not working, working different that I want answers here and elsewhere. I had a script that resulted in shutting my Laptop down at boot time ...
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Missed power est. column in powertop?

I used powertop v.2.1 under Ubuntu 12.04 but it missed the power est. column. It's the same situation as described here‎ and that bug is supposed to be fixed already. I tried lm_sensors but it ...
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how can I run my script automatically on ac switching

So, I wan't to run it when start work on AC and this or better other script when start work from battery I tried /etc/acpi/power.sh adding symlink to /etc/laptop-mode/battery-start It seems to ...
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How to permanently set CPU power management to the powersave governor?

I'm currently using this: cpupower frequency-set --governor powersave but it resets after each reboot.
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UPS Compatibility with Ubuntu Server

I'm looking into getting battery backup unit to protect my Ubuntu server. How can I find out if it is compatible with Ubuntu (11.04)? Ideally I'd like to be able to tell the server when there is a ...
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What prevents setting ATI / radeon power_profile from boot and retaining it after suspend?

I'm successfully using the open source radeon driver and use KMS-power_profiles (see link below) for power management of my graphics to prevent overheating. But I can't manage to set the power_profile ...
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Put HDDs in standby after X minutes using hdparm doesn't work

I use Ubuntu 12.04 on a home server. There are 5 hard drives: one SSD with the OS and 4 HDDs (Samsung HD204UI) configured as a RAID5 using mdadm. I don't need the RAID very often (say, about once per ...
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Power Management - Sleep / Wake up Server when accessed

I have a headless HP Proliant Microserver with ubuntu installed. This machine has samba shares on it serving media and I usually rdp or ssh into it. Now my issue is I want the machine to go into sleep ...
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Why does Ubuntu have about 2x shorter battery life than OS X on MacBook?

Ubuntu 12.04 has about 2x shorter battery life than OS X on my MacBook Pro 2010. What are the technical reasons for this? Is it because OS X uses some hidden firmware features? Can Linux somehow ...
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How to make my screen brightness not change when I plug my laptop in

I do not want my laptop to change brightness when my laptop power is plugged in or unplugged. I set my brightness based on how bright my surroundings are. If I am in a dark room, I set my brightness ...
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How do I get “restart” option in the shutdown menu in Unity?

The dropdown menu I get when I click on the gear link in the top right corner only shows these options: Lock Computer Logout Suspend Hibernate Shutdown There is no "restart" or "reboot". How can ...
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How can I increase time of working from my battery?

Usually I am not even able to watch film from start to end. I use Acer Aspire 5930 OS is Ubuntu 11.04 I use Classic Ubuntu desktop (AFAIK it really means GNOME2) I know, that: I can decrease ...
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Monitor won't enter power save mode

My LCD monitor won't enter power save mode. I've gone into System → Preferences → Screensaver, clicked Power Management, then set Put display to sleep when inactive for: to 10 minutes (for both On AC ...
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Can you help me write a script to set a new default brightness for the screen/keyboard after login?

On my Macbook Pro Ubuntu alsways boots with... keyboard brightness at maximum illumination screen brightness at maximum illumination ...both which I need almost never during normal usage. ...
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Laptop resumes from suspend while lid is closed [closed]

I have a Dell Studio 15 and I am running Ubuntu 10.10. When I close my lid or select the suspend option, the machine suspends as indicated by the slowly pulsing power indicator. I'll put the machine ...
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Is it safe to configure “Shutdown” on “When laptop lid is closed”?

To setup a laptop owned by a complete PC novice any settings that may become hard to tackle remotely need to be avoided. The laptop will be administrated via SSH. One thing in my list are problems ...
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Other devices in the battery power indicator?

Every now and then, I encounter some mention of other devices being shown in the power indicator. For example, along with the laptop battery, listing the battery level for an iPod being charged over ...
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Intel HD audio codec power management

Is it possible to enable power management for intel-hda sound card audio codec ? Power management for the card itself works fine, but audio codec module (/sys/module/snd_hda_codec) doesn't seem to ...
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Customize the power button action (ubuntu 10.04)

I would like to customize the power button action. The tutorial at http://blog.metalight.dk/2010/07/ubuntu-lucid-custom-power-button-event/ works but not always (the number of shutdown processes can ...
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Shutdown/suspend/hibernate not working correctly

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 and every thing was good until few days i try to shutdown my laptop but instead Ubuntu goes to the lightgdm login screen. Also suspend and hibernate don't complete: in ...
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How to prevent battery from charging while on UPS

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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Run a Script when Power Button is Pushed

I'm trying to run a script once I push the power button instead of having my machine turn off. I'm running Ubuntu Server 13.04, but any answers also need to work on Server 14.04. I've looked at ACPI ...
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Is it possible to turn the video card off in a laptop to use it as a headless server?

Since I recently upgraded my IT infrastructure, I decided to use my old laptop as a home server. The problem is that the machine sports a powerful nVidia card that even at idle generates enough heat ...
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How do I enable power management on Ubuntu Server?

I have Ubuntu Server 11.04 installed on an old noisy laptop. Its only purpose is to run subversion and I commit code quite rarely, but the laptop should work all the time. So I would like to know how ...
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laptop-mode-tools and harddrive spinoff

So I wanted to extend my laptop battery life. After googleing a lot I found many tips and tricks. Some even in this site as well. Then I found this package in synaptic as well laptop-mode-tools. Now I ...
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Can not estimate remaining battery time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Laptop's battery is stuck on “estimating”? After updating to Ubuntu 10.10 from 10.04 Ubuntu can not estimate both the battery time and the percentage ...
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Is Ubuntu Battery Management Better Than Windows?

Is Ubuntu battery management better than Windows ? I have noticed that in Windows 7 a fully charged battery shows 3:30 minutes but in Ubuntu it shows 2:00 hours ... !!! so what is the power ...
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How do I detect when my system wakes up from suspend via DBus or similar in a python app?

In a background Python script I need to detect, when the system just woke up from suspend. What is a good way that does not rely on a root script but rather on python modules such as DBus? I'm new to ...
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Poor battery life in Ubuntu 12.10 on Toshiba p755-s5215, how can i manage background applications?

I have a dual-booted laptop, where windows gives a good 3.5 hours on battery, while on Ubuntu 12.10 my laptops runs only for 2 hours. I heard about powertop and laptop-tools, but after installing ...
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How to prevent XBMC from shutting down or suspending your computer?

Since I run XBMC as a program, and not standalone, I would just like it to exit when I click the power button. The default behavior is to show the shutdown menu, and I don't want to accidently shut ...
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Is there any way to make Ubuntu not to suspend while a download in progress?

Is there any way? How to script in /usr/lib/pm-utils/sleep.d to check ${downspeed eth0}, ${upspeed wlan0}, ${upspeed eth0} and ${downspeed wlan0} and to set the system not to suspend while a ...
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Laptop battery always discharging

I have a fully up to date Ubuntu 14.04 on my Asus X550DP laptop. My problem is that the battery is always discharging. When I plug the AC adapter in, it charges battery up to around 96% and stops ...
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How can I turn off hard disk power management in 12.04?

In Ubuntu 12.04 the power management does not allow control of hard disk spinning preferences. As a result, when the laptop is on battery the hard disk continues to stop spinning to save power. I ...
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Power saving with free Radeon (ATI) driver

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 without the proprietary driver for ATI video cards and I like very much the performance. My only need is activate power saving when I use the laptop with the battery. Thanks
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How do I keep my screen from going dim when idle?

Apparently, the new version of Unity is based on Gnome 3. Apparently, Gnome 3 decided to do away with a huge chunk of the options available to me. It used to be that when I went to System Settings -> ...
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Laptop shuts down on lid close

When I close the lid of my Asus X77JQ, lucid shuts it down automatically after five minutes. I want to be able to sleep in the same room as my laptop, so I would like to be able to close the lid ...
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How can I adjust the time that automatically reduces the brightness of screen?

At the moment it uses just a few seconds of inactivity after that ubuntu reduces the brightness of my screen. Where do i find the option to increase this value?
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How green are Ubuntu and Canonical?

im a student of Environmental Engineering, currently searching for a Bachelor Thesis Theme. I am curious, if there any internal information about Ubuntu related to CO2/Energy saving compared to other ...
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VLC does not inhibit screen blanking

I have an issue which could be a bug, but before reporting it, I want to make sure I'm not doing something wrong. When watching a movie with VLC on fullscreen, approximately in 10 minutes the screen ...
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Is there a bug report tracking the power regression in the 2.6.38 kernel?

I'm looking for an official bugtracker entry (either ubuntu, or kernel) which tracks the story of power usage regression described in: ...
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My fan is always on but not in MSWindows (HP elitebook 8460p)

Problem: My laptop(new) fan is ALWAYS on. Question: What can I do to solve this issue? Situation: HP Elitebook 8460p Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (clean install, no mod, nothing... really clean... no ...
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My Thinkpad X201 battery is draining extra fast. What can I do?

I got a new Thinkpad X201 last week with the 6 cell battery, which is advertised to work for 5 hours. I installed Ubuntu Maverick on this machine right away. My battery life is only around 2 hours. Is ...
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Lenovo ThinkPad L520 slows down when AC power adapter is plugged in

I have a new laptop Lenovo ThinkPad L520 (7859-5BG) Core i5-2520M(2.5GHz) with 4GB RAM. Having installed Ubuntu 11.10 32-bit, while browsing with Chrome on GNOME classic (no effects), I noticed 173% ...
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How can I wake up my computer from suspend?

After the latest update, my machine isn't waking up from suspend, and I have to hard-reboot it. This only happens sometimes, and I can't tell under what exact circumstances it happens. I think it's ...
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What causes Dell XPS 13 ProjectSputnik to wake up randomly after suspend and how to fix it?

When I close the lid of my XPS13 the system goes to sleep regularly. Sometimes it stays asleep but some other times it wakes up consuming battery. I can't find the reason why this is happening. Here ...
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How do I prevent immediate wake up from suspend (version II)?

This question covers one reason a computer might immediately wake after suspend: How do I prevent immediate wake up from suspend? I seem to have a different one. After a recent security patch update ...
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How can I change what action is caused when the power button is pressed?

I want know if there's a way to change the action when the power key is pressed. I use Ubuntu 11.10 and when it is pressed it opens a small window with shutdown options. I want know how to change ...
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Will Ubuntu Server properly manage the power settings on a netbook?

I'm planning to install Ubuntu Server on a netbook to minimize power consumption. Are there any special considerations I should make for this kind of setup? Will Ubuntu Server properly manage the ...