There exists a well-known bug in gnome-power-manager, which breaks Ubuntu on computers with 2 or more batteries. If one is empty, Ubuntu will shutdown ('critical battery'). As a workaround, it can useful to disable shutdown on critical battery status. However with Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, the GUI doesn't allow this. What can I do?

  • I would hibernate and switch the batteries... – Alvar Nov 17 '13 at 17:03
  • I also found this useful in installing a new battery. – Hilton Shumway Jan 23 '15 at 6:31

Please install dconf-editor (sudo apt-get install dconf-editor) and go to

org gnome settings-daemon plugins power

Click the shutdown that is highlighted and choose "nothing" from the options as seen in this screenshot:

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Please do be careful. If the 2nd battery runs out of juice be sure to shutdown yourself.

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Shutdown the system and dismount the empty battery. BTW, that bug was fixed 9 years ago. If you experience it again, then is obviously another bug.

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  • This bug was discussed 9 years ago (I feel old). I'm sure whether there was a valid solution. Of course, it's possible that todays bug is unrelated with similar symptoms. – Jan Nov 17 '13 at 17:48

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