> >FYI, the Linux doc I've seen says that it is a bad idea to have both
> >APM and SMP enabled in the kernel. I mention this in case you're
> >running your GA-BXD? with dual CPUs. That's the reason I don't enable
> >APM in the kernel running on my GA-6BXDS-based machine.
> That's what I'm doing infact. I guess I should learn to live without
> APM. Is this a permanent situation, or a temporary limitation?
As I know APM is not properly defined for SMP systems, i.e. there is no
way to safely use APM (that's why the kernel refuses APM-with-SMP). ACPI
should solve that and there is someone working on ACPI support, but it's
far from complete (allmost all coding still has to be done).
Meantime there is a kernel switch (I think it was "apm=smp-power-off" or
something) for automatic power down on shutdown. You need to add
APM-support, even if you get a warning that this won't work, and to set
this parameter. Unfortunately there is no boot message or something, so
the only way of checking is trying.
Apart from that, some linux distributions, like Suse 6.2, have a special
shutdown script, that checks for APM and disables auto-off if there is
non. Because APM under SMP is automatically disabled (apart from this
power-off patch), this nice shutdown script instructs the kernel to
_not_ power-down the system after shutdown, so you may need to patch
Hope this help,
BTW: it took me some time to find all these traps out