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Re: enabling apm on laptop

-- Pigeon <jah.pigeon@ukonline.co.uk> wrote
(on Wednesday, 11 December 2002, 05:22 AM +0000):
> On Tue, Dec 10, 2002 at 10:24:01PM +0000, Simon Tod wrote:
> > I've had several different response to this problem...
> > I did run lilo after altering lilo.conf and already
> > have apmd installed - I get a 'No APM support in
> > kernel' message with this as well.
> > I don't get anywhere with the 'modprobe apm'
> > suggestions (don't know what modprobe is and can't
> > find it to install).
> I can't believe it wouldn't be installed. You just type
> modprobe apm
> at the command prompt. Think you have to be root.
Some of the lightweight kernels available don't have apm support
available. I know -- my first install on my wife's old laptop utilized
one of these.

> > I don't know what kernel I have installed. Yes, I'm
> > sure that there's an easy way to find this out!
> uname -r
If you have a kernel ending with the characters 'bf', it's one of the
kernels without apm support. Easiest way to swap kernels is to install
one of the regular 386 series (without the bf!), and then uninstall
(apt-get remove) the old one. You'll need to reboot for the changes to
take effect. You should find that modprobe apm works now, and that apmd
finds it.

> > I'm guessing that it's either one that is not capable of
> > providing APM support or it just isn't configured
> > correctly. 
> Sounds like it's probably not built in, but if it's capable there
> should be a file called apm.o somewhere in /lib/modules/`uname -r`.
Check and see if this is the case -- I'm betting that it's not -- which
is why you'll need to install a different kernel.

Matthew Weier O'Phinney

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