Annoying Dapper problem

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Sat Sep 2 21:28:27 UTC 2006

On Sat, 02 Sep 2006 16:50:02 -0400
Frank McCormick <fmccormick at> wrote:

> I submitted this as a bug a long time ago...but it never got resolved even
> though it was accepted and others had the same and similar problems.
> When I shut down my Hewlett Packard Vectra VL8 with a 450 mhz Pentium III, the
> motherboard power doesn't get shut off. The HD gets powered down...but I have
> to manually shutdown the rest of the computer. When the machine boots a
> detailed examination of the messages tell me my BIOS is from ACPI
> can't be used. I don't know if there's a connection. Any solutions ??

I had this on an old Pentium 200 mmx . The machine showed "halt" but
didn't power off. The solution was "apm"  which I think is a kernel
module. Unfortunately I don't think it's present in the recent kernels
like the Ubuntu 2.6.* series - ( trying to modprobe it here spits out the
error that it doesn't exist ). I had Debian Woody with the venerable 2.4.18
kernel at the time - on the other hand, I seem to remember that Breezy
*did* power the machine down - but I could be dreaming, and I can't check,
since the old workhorse finally gave up and is now a collection of pieces
minus the motherboard ;)

IIRC the replacement is in fact "acpi" as you discuss above, but I guess
knowing that doesn't help...


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