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How To Run WIth Laptop Closed?

Posted: Fri May 31, 2013 9:37 am
by DennisMiller
My old desktop machine is dieing...

I'd like to take the laptop I'm writing this on and with the help of a USB hub, use it for my CPU. The thing is, I can't figure out how to keep it running when I close the top. Space is not a big deal, but it would certainly be better to put the laptop in one certain space with the top closed than to push it off to the side with the screen open.

I'm hoping it's something I can simply toggle in Linux, but I can't find it. My concern is this might be a function key operation, but they don't work because I replaced Windows 7 on this machine with Linux some time ago.

Any ideas?

Thanks,
Dennis

Re: How To Run WIth Laptop Closed?

Posted: Fri May 31, 2013 10:34 am
by Danko8321
Go to "System Settings", then "Power" (you might need to click (switch to advanced mode in order to see the "Power" tab) and Select: "When the lid is closed", and turn it to "Do nothing". That should be it.

Re: How To Run WIth Laptop Closed?

Posted: Fri May 31, 2013 11:15 am
by jesica
You can also use hibernate for that.

Re: How To Run WIth Laptop Closed?

Posted: Fri May 31, 2013 1:42 pm
by DennisMiller
Thanks guys. I'm not finding "System Settings" easily, but I'll get it.

Re: How To Run WIth Laptop Closed?

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:18 pm
by DennisMiller
I'm stll not finding it. I'm presuming you mean it's under control panel, but neither the system nor the monitors options lead me to anywhere that sounds like what you mentioned.

I'm running 12, by the way.

Re: How To Run WIth Laptop Closed?

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:27 pm
by DennisMiller
It seems the check box command is no longer there. Elsewhere on the web, I read where I could type the following into terminal... gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/gnome-power-manager/buttons/lid_ac "nothing" I did so, copied and pasted so I wouldn't get it wrong... clicked Enter and it still doesn't work.

I've never been accused of being very computer literate, but I'm beginning to get really frustrated with this.

Re: How To Run WIth Laptop Closed?

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:28 pm
by caribriz
DennisMiller wrote:I'm stll not finding it. I'm presuming you mean it's under control panel, but neither the system nor the monitors options lead me to anywhere that sounds like what you mentioned.

I'm running 12, by the way.
Which desktop are you using in LM12? It sounds like mate (?)

If so, as you've seen, there is no "System Settings" in the menu in LM12 mate session.
LM12 mate.png
Can you logout, click the cog wheel icon and choose gnome or gnome classic and try from there?
Then click your username icon in the right corner of the panel
Click System Settings in the drop down menu, then click Power etc. ...

This is gnome classic desktop in LM12:
LM12 Gnome classic.png
If using Cinnamon desktop in LM12, click Menu > System Tools > System Settings.

LM12 is quite different from other versions ....... also, now obsolete from April 2013 :wink: