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SubjectRe: mysterious power off problem 2.4.10-2.4.14 on laptop
At 01:06 PM 12/11/01 -0800, L A Walsh wrote:
>don't know if I am comfortable moving to it yet -- and even so, why should
>APM mysteriously break when it has been working great since the early
>2.4 series and fairly well since 2.2 (X was a problem on my hardware at one
>point).
>
> I'd prefer not to try an unknown, where if I have a problem, I
>don't know if it is my hardware, a misconfiguration on my part, or the
>Experimental Hardware. That would likely take more time than simply
>staying with APM -- a known 'working configuration', and finding what
>changed in 2.4.10 (and remains in 2.4.14) that lead to the new problems.

There was mention recently about some changes to APM to fix some "broken"
behavior regarding the way it set/reset values. Some of these were cases
where APM seemed to blindly set values instead of leaving them as is. I
don't remember just how long ago, but you might try looking over the archives.

If this is the case, then it's possible that the APM code was checking
status, and then blindly setting things to suit that status instead of what
was read. Makes sense, but potentially broken. If the BIOS is broken and
doesn't set these values correctly, then this could produce the symptoms
you describe. Check for a BIOS upgrade anyway - usually a good manufacturer
will have some sort of changelog with the BIOS, so if there is a new
version, you might find APM was broken and fixed.

It's also possible that this never made it into those kernels, and they've
been using the broken behavior since 2.4.10 which is causing your problems.
I'd also suggest checking out the latest of the 2.4.14pre* kernels. My
memory of the list (I may be wrong) makes me think the discussion was quite
recent.

Good luck.

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