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Fedora 21 Workstation desktop machine has problem waking up

asked 2015-02-23 15:48:50 -0600

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I recently upgraded form Fedora 17 to Fedora 21 Workstation on a desktop machine. There are many changes and I'm still trying to figure out how to get everything set up. Fedora 17 was about as stable and well functioning as I have seen a Fedora release and it was close enough to the Unix systems I had spent most of working life administrating. This is the same hardware no changes other that software.

Now on my Fedora 21 I'm having random occurrences of the screen just breaking into gibberish and the entire system freezing. I have to hard reboot from power switch to regain control. Alt-Ctrl-Del no effect neither can I Ctrl-Alt-f3 to get into a console terminal. The other problem (maybe related, maybe not) is that after the system goes to sleep it sometimes (not always) will not wake up. Again only solution is a hard reset.

I have search Fedora Forum and can't find any reports like this and also have googled but again no success. Hopefully I just have something not setup or setup incorrectly. I see in gnome-tweak-tool a power setting but it only seem to be related to laptops.

Any help appreciated.

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I think my desktop machine is trying to behave like a laptop and go into hibernation. This morning the machine did not have a power indication and when I powered up after about 10 minutes it came on although no sign of a power on boot (ie. no firmware splash screen or fedora balloon filling just came on with the login lockscreen). How can I stop this from occurring, I have cron jobs that need to run in the night.

edwardc01 gravatar imageedwardc01 ( 2015-02-24 09:17:03 -0600 )edit

What was the way you updated the system from 17 to 21? There were many fundamental changes especialy related to systemd and wayland. I would suggest you avoid gnome in the first place to test.

covex gravatar imagecovex ( 2015-02-24 09:40:05 -0600 )edit

I did a new install and just mounted my own /home partition. With Fedora 17 I had my screen lock after a time on inactivity but the machine kept running and my cron jobs ran, now the machine seems to power down and nothing happens. I may have thought the machine was hanging but it was in the process of hibernating or sleeping. Last night is the first time it just appeared to have no power when I checked this morning but pressing the power button seemed to bring it to life but it took a long time. Can you turn all the sleep and hibernate off in fedora 21? I just want the screen to lock after a period on inactivity.

edwardc01 gravatar imageedwardc01 ( 2015-02-24 09:58:46 -0600 )edit

Use gnome-tweak-tool to set power actions - if there will be any.

covex gravatar imagecovex ( 2015-02-24 10:20:01 -0600 )edit

I set the power setting to "nothing" in gnome-tweak-tool. Probably be tomorrow morning before I really will know how it's going to behave, will update again then. Tks

edwardc01 gravatar imageedwardc01 ( 2015-02-24 11:10:05 -0600 )edit

Well no joy! The machine would again not wake up and I had to hard power cycle to get it active. New information: cron ran the hourly jobs until 1AM. I had logged out at approximately 5PM so system was still running at 1AM. System activity "sar -u" shows nothing after 1AM until I booted. Messages log show nothing after 1:01 until 4:15 and then it looks maybe like a reboot and nothing until 9:15 when I power cycled.

edwardc01 gravatar imageedwardc01 ( 2015-02-25 09:07:28 -0600 )edit

Thought my problem was related to the APC UPS which just came up with "Replace Battery" later in the day on Feb. 25. I replaced the battery and it ran all night on the 26th and up until about 4:40PM on the 27th but then nothing. By that I mean no entries in journal (journalctl | less) until I rebooted this morning. The system appears to be running, power light on fans running but can not be woke up by keyboard or mouse activity. Really frustrating!!

edwardc01 gravatar imageedwardc01 ( 2015-02-28 10:44:47 -0600 )edit

Well APCUPS not related to system freezing. This only happens after some period of inactivity. I can sit at the terminal and work all day but when I quit doing anything the system locks up after a couple of hours (just an estimate, I can go have lunch and come back and wake it up no problem) and the only way to wake it up is to power cycle. I really think it is hibernating since the system still has power (fans running, power light on, etc) but I don't know how to wake it up. On other systems a mouse movement or activity on the keyboard will work, even LAN activity will wake up most systems. I have tried to ssh to this system from others and I get no route to host and a ping show system unreachable. The system stops putting anything into the journal and ...(more)

edwardc01 gravatar imageedwardc01 ( 2015-03-02 09:34:33 -0600 )edit

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answered 2015-03-04 08:04:52 -0600

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Well it seem a blind hog finds an acorn every now and then and it that vein I seem to have fixed this problem. After much research I kept reading about ASUS laptops with not exactly the same problem but issues with hibernation and sleeping. My system is an ASUS desktop about 5-6 years old original purchased with Windows 7 installed. But not long after purchase I removed Windows and installed Fedora 17 and my world was great. I don't remember having to any problems and certainly adding boot options. I have been running Linux in some variety since about 1996 so I knew about boot options but in my experience something has always led me to know which I should add. Now in this case the system loaded with no problems except mysterious wake up issues and a few others that I have seemed to have solved with the help of folks on this forum but my system waking up was still a mystery.

Finally after reading about the ASUS issues on laptops I decided to add noapic as a boot option and to my surprise I haven't had an issue waking the system up since. It's now been 2 full days - the longest time in the last 4 weeks that I haven't had to power cycle in the morning to get the system back.

Thanks to all who have commented in an attempt to help!

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