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I saw this thread : Prevent external monitors from shutting off when laptop lid is closed?

I entered this code (from that thread): gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/gnome-power-manager/buttons/lid_ac "nothing"

But my external monitor still turns off when I close the lid.The laptop remains switched on regardless of the position of the lid. How do I get my external monitor to stay on when my laptop lid is closed?

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This is a known issue in 11.10. I have resolved it by upgrading kernel to 3.2, but I would not recommend it since the upgrade might cause all sorts of problems.

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-control-center/+bug/766490

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