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Power management issue with Linux desktops

Power management in Linux mint desktop does not kick in when the system is booted upon, it only starts up when the cinnamon desktop is logged into. This should not be the case because when the system is powered up and left untouched, the brightness settings does not work, battery management settings doesn’t work. When this is the case battery gets drained completely.

By default in power manager settings, system is configured to take critical battery action only when 2 minutes of power is remaining. Thus most people wouldn’t have noticed the seriousness of this problem. I configured my system to take critical battery action when battery is at 25 % by modifying the dconf-editor settings and confirming this is the case.

I have reported a bug to Linux mint in launchpad here https://bugs.launchpad.net/linuxmint/+bug/1155691

If you are facing this bug, please add a comment against this bug.

I’m afraid this is how gnome3 desktop behaves too. This must affect all the linux distributions using cinnamon and gnome3 desktop. At this moment i have no idea what are all the distributions affected. If your version of linux is affected, please report it to your distributions authors at the appropriate place.

I guess this is more of a design error than of a bug

  1. April 10, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    It’s happening in Mint 14 Mate also. Also, there is no “low battery warning” to the user at all. It just dies! Looking for a work around for that problem e.g. an audible signal, something, to alert me when the battery is critically low. I found some scripts but they don’t seem applicable to Mint 14.


    • April 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks for confirming it, have u filed any bug report for this issue??

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