Running Ubuntu Server 11.10 on a laptop. I would like to find a way to have the lcd display power off when I close the lid. Don't want to burned it out. Tried search for an hour, but couldn't find a solution anywhere. At least not for the server version.

Please note, this is the Server version I am asking about. There is no GUI.

Tried searching for "ubuntu server" with words like "power management", "lid close", "display power", etc.

New: I found a way to detect if the laptop lid is closed with the acpid daemon. Is there any kind of power management command that will power off the display?

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  • vbetool dpms off will power off the display – cscarney Dec 9 '11 at 20:52

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vbetool dpms off will power off the display – cscarney Dec 9 '11 at 20:52

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power management settings

found in system settings, depending on the ubuntu desktop manager you use. In this dialogue I have the option to darken the screen (and then select 0%) when closing the lid.

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  • what did you search for within the one hour? – Michael K Dec 9 '11 at 16:32
  • He probably does not have a GUI installed. – lgarzo Dec 9 '11 at 16:46
  • Yes, no GUI installed. – Douglas Cameron Mauch Dec 9 '11 at 18:53

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