Battery drains in about 10 hours when the computer is asleep with Ubuntu 18.04, it is a lenovo y520 (7700hq, 1060 with bumblebee).
When I tested no USB devices were plugged in, actually nothing was plugged in.
The sleep mode is s2 - deep. I am not interested in hibernation (it is quite slow and takes a lot of space).
In windows and Mac OS (hackintosh) sleep mode uses 1 or 2% of battery in a day.

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    Instead of unplugging USB make sure buses are powered off. Also make sure Wake on LAN is turned off. On phone so don't haven't links handy here. Sep 4, 2018 at 17:48
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    Wake on LAN as in a bios setting ? If yes, it is disabled, trying to check usb status right now
    – George
    Sep 4, 2018 at 18:45
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    Ok, so I tried cutting the usb power, but from what I understand, for newer kernels "suspend" does not work anymore. So I checked if the values in "/sys/bus/usb/devices/usbX/power" are correct, and they seem to be. Not sure if it's the right way though
    – George
    Sep 7, 2018 at 18:15
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    Any suggestion is appreciated. I noticed the cpu isn't really going to sleep. Voltage going through it even if the machine is in sleep mode.
    – George
    Sep 9, 2018 at 8:47
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    So, I guess you switched kernels ? Sleep is extremely important to me, allows me to move around without waiting for the startup and launching my suite. It's disappointing to have this issue.
    – George
    Sep 9, 2018 at 19:38

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After resuming from suspend, use this command in the terminal:

journalctl -b | grep -i "should not be sleeping"

If you see this:

Oct 21 07:20:18 alien kernel:  cache: parent cpu1 should not be sleeping
Oct 21 07:20:18 alien kernel:  cache: parent cpu2 should not be sleeping
Oct 21 07:20:18 alien kernel:  cache: parent cpu3 should not be sleeping
Oct 21 07:20:18 alien kernel:  cache: parent cpu4 should not be sleeping
Oct 21 07:20:18 alien kernel:  cache: parent cpu5 should not be sleeping
Oct 21 07:20:18 alien kernel:  cache: parent cpu6 should not be sleeping
Oct 21 07:20:18 alien kernel:  cache: parent cpu7 should not be sleeping

It could mean when you suspended the CPU's were not put to sleep as per his bounty Q&A a couple of years ago: systemd suspends system but upon resume kernel then enters sleep and wake-up

If so, I'm sad to report the problem persists to this day on my newest laptop just as it did on that older laptop.

Problem since 2012?

This old email chain: Re: Kernel stops at "PM: Preparing system for mem sleep", never makes it to "Freezing user space processes ... " has a similar problem.

From my log file today:

Oct 21 13:48:15 alien kernel: PM: Preparing system for sleep (mem)
Oct 21 13:48:16 alien acpid[964]: client 1171[0:0] has disconnected
Oct 21 13:48:32 alien kernel: Freezing user space processes ... (elapsed 0.003 seconds) done.
  • Line 1 is normal
  • Line 2 is abnormal and linked to old X11 crash bugs
  • Line 3 is occurs after resuming but should have happened as part of suspend.

Some other interesting points is it often takes 5 to 8 seconds to suspend when it should be about 1 second. This bug is reported in many places too.

If you don't have the same problem in the previous sections and, your laptop stays warm when suspended, then your fix maybe here: Ubuntu 18.04 - Dell XPS13 9370 no longer suspends on lid close

  • Yep, I get the same output :|
    – George
    Oct 21, 2018 at 18:55
  • Is it the same thing for 16.04 ?
    – George
    Oct 21, 2018 at 19:00
  • Yes. The logs above were generated this morning under Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS. Oct 21, 2018 at 19:03
  • Maybe you saw this coming, but what about 14.04 ?
    – George
    Oct 21, 2018 at 19:05
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    @ElderGeek I quickly read your answer revisions. I'm not sure that's the culprit but am hoping the bug report filed yeseterday will give answers: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-signed-hwe/+bug/1825636 Apr 21, 2019 at 18:49

On my old computer, I solved my suspend issues by adjusting some settings in the motherboard BIOS.

For my hardware:

On the "Advanced" page in BIOS under "CPU configuration", I set "Enhanced Alt State" to ENABLED, and under "ACPI Settings" , I set "Suspend to RAM" to AUTO and "ACPI table" to ENABLED.

After I made these changes, I could suspend my PC.

Note: BIOS settings and motherboard firmware vary by manufacturer and model

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