Sleep and lid buttons don't work in Karmic

Bug #483258 reported by Robert Persson on 2009-11-15
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
guidance-power-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: acpi

The sleep and lid buttons don't do work on my Lenovo Thinkpad R61i running Kubuntu Karmic. I can, however, put the machine to sleep from the KDE Application Launcher without any problem.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sun Nov 15 21:40:00 2009
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
InstallationMedia: Kubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release amd64 (20091027)
Package: acpi (not installed)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: acpi
Uname: Linux x86_64

Robert Persson (ireneshusband) wrote :
Robert Persson (ireneshusband) wrote :

Forgot to mention that this is a clean install of karmic, with a brand new /etc folder.

Georg Sauthoff (g-sauthoff) wrote :

If I close the lid or press Fn+F4 sleep does not work. Both on a IBM R40 and on a Lenovo T200.

suspend via 'pm-suspend' works fine.

Nolan (kijiki0) wrote :

Same symptoms on an nvidia graphics based T61. x86_64 ubuntu, new install.

Nolan (kijiki0) wrote :

Forgot to mention: This is a regression, it worked fine with 9.04 and 8.10.

Nolan (kijiki0) wrote :

This appears to acutally be a gnome-power-manager bug. ACPI is definitely getting the event.
I wrote a script: /etc/acpi/local/ that does the suspend via:
dbus-send --print-reply --system \
                --dest=org.freedesktop.DeviceKit.Power \
                /org/freedesktop/DeviceKit/Power \
and suspend on lid close is now reliable.

affects: acpi (Ubuntu) → gnome-power-manager (Ubuntu)
Robert Persson (ireneshusband) wrote :

@Nolan I've been using Kubuntu so it may be that we are not talking about the same issue.

My problem started when I installed Karmic and continued when I upgraded to Lucid, up until today when I discovered that it was simply a question of changing the lid-close action in the Ubuntu power management settings. I'd done a clean install of Karmic, so this must obviously have been the default. I never thought to check something that in hindsight should have been so obvious because it never occurred to me that someone might set "lock the screen" as the lid-closing action. It is something no one in their right mind would do unless they thought burnt-out computers made nice doorstops.

So if the same default is still being applied in Lucid, could I suggest that this default is the bug? It is entirely conceivable that a new user could innocently put the lid down in a hurry, expecting the behaviour they were used to in Windows, and cook their machine.

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. A new version of GNOME Power Manager is available on Maverick and we are wondering if this bug is still an issue for you with that version? Could you please test and comment back? Thanks in advance.

Changed in gnome-power-manager (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This bug had the wrong package associated with it, which is important for ensuring that it gets looked at by the proper developers. You can learn more about finding the right package at I have classified this bug as a bug in guidance-power-manager.

When reporting bugs in the future please use apport, either via the appropriate application's "Help -> Report a Problem" menu or using 'ubuntu-bug' and the name of the package affected. You can learn more about this functionality at

affects: gnome-power-manager (Ubuntu) → guidance-power-manager (Ubuntu)
Changed in guidance-power-manager (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca) wrote :

This bug report is being closed due to your last comment regarding this being fixed with an update. Thank you again for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. Please submit any future bugs you may find.

Changed in guidance-power-manager (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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