[arch-general] APM and GNOME

Ionuț Bîru ibiru at archlinux.org
Sat Nov 6 15:44:15 CET 2010

On 11/06/2010 04:35 PM, Rafael Beraldo wrote:
> Hello people,
> A few months ago I wrote about my hard disk, which was making a strange
> noise due to excessive head parking. I just added hdparm -B 254 /dev/sda to
> /etc/rc.local and the problem was gone.
> Then I found out that whenever I used gnome-power-manager it would set the
> APM to 1 if the power source is the battery. I didn't find a way to instruct
> it to leave the APM setting alone, so I avoided using it.
> Recently I installed GNOME in my box and noticed that even if I disable
> gnome-power-manager at startup, some piece of GNOME is still setting APM to
> 1 when the netbook is on the battery.
>   I don't use laptop-mode-tools nor is acpid running which brings me the
> question: what is messing up with APM? How can I tell GNOME and
> gnome-power-manager not to change its settings?
> Thank you,

gpm has a setting to spin down hard disks when you are on AC. just 
uncheck the option.

System->Preferences->power management-> Select AC Power tab and uncheck 
Spin down hard disks when possible


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