> How would the bios be able to determine the IP address thats being
> pinged or recieving packages is its.
at the very minimum you need to understand WOL better than you do
now…you might start here (and, don’t overlook the magic packet:
> As far as shutting down, I am trying for a bit more flexability. I
> would like more dynamic based on usage, and not times.
as far as i know every modern machine (say, made in the last five
years or so) has power management built in…it can, for example
detect low need for CPU cycles and throttle back to idle; or detect no
keyboard input and turn off the monitor; or detect no hard drive usage
and spin down the drive…
ALL of that is “dynamic” and quite effective in saving power…but is
not the same as to “the bring the systems down during off hours” which
is what you asked about…
> Is there a software based WOL where the OS can detect nic activity
> and come back to life.
sure, it is in the software known as ‘firmware’ which the BIOS runs…
> Maybe not go so deep to sleep.
which do you want: shutdown, sleep, hibernate, or idle
> The other thing I am trying to sort out is how to get my systems to
> turn on when the space bar is hit.
that would be a hardware issue…if you buy the hardware which
supports that you can have it…if you don’t buy the hardware which
supports that then you can’t add operating system software to fix it…
> Again, I tried configuring it via BIOS on one system with NO
> Success. Once linux shutdown, it wouldnt come back up.
how did you configure and send the ‘magic packet’?
> The reason this would be nice is my servers are far back in the
> room. And it would easier to tell my wife or kids to just hit the
> space bar in the morning to bring them back online for a days use.
maybe i just too cynical, but couldn’t they be shown where the power
button is and told to press it?
> The machines in question are Dual proc P3s server boards, and I
> would suspect that they should be capable. Since this is not a
> Intel form, I am looking for more Software Solutions provided by
now you are talking apples and oranges, again!
WOL is built into the hardware’s motherboard/BIOS combo and if it
works it works, it will boot Linux or Windows or Unix or BSD or Mac or
an Atari game machine no matter which shuts it down…if it gets a
on the other hand, if you want the system to NOT be shut down then
openSUSE has the ability to turn off your monitors, idle the CPU, and
spin down the drives…its called power management and readily
available if your hardware supports industry standards for ACPI
CAVEAT: http://is.gd/bpoMD [posted via NNTP w/openSUSE 10.3]
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