Powertop Leads to Blank Screen; No Input Recognized

Bug #719731 reported by fotsir on 2011-02-16
This bug affects 2 people
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powertop (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: powertop

Running powertop with command "sudo powertop", the program pauses as is expected for a few seconds, but then the screen goes blank except for the mouse pointer and no input is recognized. Does not reboot with ctrl+alt+delete.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
Package: powertop 1.11+git20091208-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-28.55-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.32-28-generic i686
Architecture: i386
Date: Tue Feb 15 19:48:08 2011
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-Studio 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" - Release i386 (20100427.1)
SourcePackage: powertop

Paul Stone (paul-stone) wrote :

Problem exists for me as well on Powertop versions 1.12 and 1.13. It does not exist for Powertop version 1.11.

I am running Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.04 on a System76 Starling 4.

Linux star4 2.6.32-28-generic #55-Ubuntu SMP Mon Jan 10 21:21:01 UTC 2011 i686 GNU/Linux

FYI, if you want to revert to 1.11, download it from here:

You probably will have to install these dependencies:
sudo aptitude install libncurses5-dev
sudo aptitude install libncursesw5-dev
sudo aptitude install gettext

Then, follow the instructions on the above web page to make and install, but do "sudo make install" instead of "make install".

Paul Stone (paul-stone) wrote :

Argh. I spoke too soon. Powertop 1.11 monitors for 5 seconds, displays the results, and then there is a segmentation fault. So, it gets further, but it also crashes. At least it doesn't take the whole system down with it. ;)

Fabrice Rastello (frastell) wrote :

I do have the same problem:
powertop stalls the machine only when launched with sudo.
I have a lenovo thinkpad T410s (with nvidia graphics card) using ubuntu 11.4 and kernel 2.6.38-11-generic.
Version of powertop is 1.13.
Module thinkpad_acpi is loaded.

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