Putting Desktop system HD into low-power mode using APM?

Putting Desktop system HD into low-power mode using APM?

Post by Gle » Wed, 20 Feb 2002 02:06:03

I'm using a Desktop Pentium 200MMX RH 6.2 file server on a small LAN
with Samba; no problems there, but I  cannot get the 20 GB Western
Digital hard drive (or any part of the system) to go into low-power
mode after inactivity.

After setting the BIOS to use APM and a setting of say 5 min. it works
when booting from a DOS floppy, but not in RH 6.2 LINUX.

I've tried passing the lilo of "apm=on" or "off" no difference. I'm
running the apmd. Even tried "apm suspend" and it just blanks the
monitor, no HD sleeping.

Any ideas as to what I'm doing wrong and how to put the system into
"Low-Power mode"?

Thank you for any help!


1. low-power, low cost hardware for solar powered project

I am researching hardware for a project that has the following primary

1. low-power consumption
2. min. 2 serial ports, Ethernet port
3. capable of running a Java 2 JVM (and I mean running - not crawling ;-))
4. capaple of running an embedded DB (Java) system
5. low cost

I had a good search at the archives but most of the suggestions seem to be
'cutting edge' type hardware - which in most cases means high cost . I would
rather go for some established hardware as my computing requirements are not
that high.

The software that the system is going to run is very networking heavy
(XML-RPC ...) but no GUI or Graphics stuff. The system is going to run more
or less headless.

Size of the system is not a big issue. System is going pretty much

Since my background is more software heavy I would like to get some feedback
what hardware is being used out there for similar projects.

Thanks in advance,

Leo Gaggl
Adelaide, South Australia

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