Problem with power management

NoOp glgxg at
Mon Sep 28 17:07:52 UTC 2009

On 09/27/2009 01:15 PM, Charlie Brune wrote:
> I have an old laptop with a completely worn out battery.  It does not 
> run at all if the A/C power is removed, but runs just fine if it is 
> plugged in.
> I'm running Ubuntu 9.04.  The laptop is a Compaq Presario 1800.
> My problem started after applying the latest Ubuntu updates this weekend.
> The problem:  After I log in, I see a message at the upper right-hand 
> side of the screen telling me that the laptop battery power is 
> critically low and that the laptop is immediately shutting down.  Then 
> the laptop shuts down.
> Since the laptop is on A/C power, I don't want it to shut down.
> Is there a way for me to log in using "recovery mode" and edit a 
> configuration file to change this behavior to allow the laptop to stay on?
> Thanks,
> Charlie

If you can get into a terminal via recovery mode:

$ gconftool -s --type string
/apps/gnome-power-manager/actions/critical_battery nothing

Above is all one line. Choices are: shutdown, suspend, hibernate, nothing.

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