Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

My laptop is broken and the lid does not lock. So I want it not to wake up when the lid is open. I use ubuntu, but gnome-power-preferences does not have any option like that (only to close the lid).

Is there any way to do this? I'm afraid next time it opens on the case it will get burned.

share|improve this question
up vote 3 down vote accepted

I found a way after googleing a bit smarter (it was difficult to find the correct search keys).

In short, the file /proc/acpi/wakeup has a line for LID which is enabled.

$ cat /proc/acpi/wakeup 
Device  S-state   Status   Sysfs node
PCIB      S4     disabled  pci:0000:00:1e.0
USB1      S3     disabled  pci:0000:00:1d.0
USB2      S3     disabled  pci:0000:00:1d.1
USB3      S3     disabled  pci:0000:00:1d.2
USB4      S3     disabled  pci:0000:00:1d.3
USB7      S3     disabled  pci:0000:00:1d.7
MODM      S3     disabled  
HDEF      S3     disabled  pci:0000:00:1b.0
PXS1      S4     disabled  pci:0000:02:00.0
LID       S4    *enabled

If you echo " LID" > /proc/acpi/wakeup it will change to disable and the computer won't wake up on lid open.

Follow the instructions on the already mentioned link to set it permanent on your computer.

share|improve this answer
What if that file doesn't have that line? Can I just add it? – tim687 Mar 11 '15 at 12:50

Usually wake is not triggered once lid is open. If you get running system once you open lid, your system was probably not in S3 sleep as it should have been. Probably there is something preventing full sleep.

Additionally you can look in BIOS for wake-up events and turn off those that you don't want (maybe lid wake is among them).

share|improve this answer
This is a fujitsu lifebook, I don't see nothing like this on the BIOS. I use the 'normal' suspend command from gnome-power-cmd. – chmeee Nov 9 '09 at 18:11

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.