Problem with last update

The problems that have occurred in the last 48 hours after two updates are listed below. The updates were applied by “zypper up”. The last update paused for about 30 minutes before finishing.

  1. Sleep mode is no longer available by closing the lid, by Kickoff > Leave, or by right clicking on screen > Leave.
  2. Shutdown is somewhat in the same situation. If issued from the login screen (bottom right), the machine jams.
  3. I am used to the power settings not working after some updates. So far they always fix themselves after a reboot. This time it’s different.
  4. I can’t find the applet to check the power settings. It used be “system status” or something similar but I can’t find it via Kickoff.
  5. Machine crashed once (most unusual) while working on Wordfast Pro (a translation memory app with a licence)
  6. The desktop has changed even though I had locked widgets. Widgets are now unlocked, the plasma panel has been resized and the system monitor widget has vanished.

I have a deadline tomorrow for a 60-page technical document. I am making backups but switching to another machine at this point would take hours.

What video driver? what desktop? If KDE power settings are in Configure Desktop

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0416] (rev 06)        Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3801]
        Kernel driver in use: i915
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation GK107M [GeForce GT 755M] [10de:0fcd] (rev a1)
        Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3801]
        Kernel driver in use: nouveau

I did once experiment with Bumblebee but don’t use it (no real need for the GPU at present)

Configure Desktop contains the power settings and I ckecked they are unchanged (eg, close lid is ‘sleep’)

[QUOTE]gogalthorpWhat video driver? what desktop? If KDE power settings are in Configure Desktop


Desktop is KDE4 (?)

Could the last update have gone wrong, i.e. unsuccesfful for some packages? Run ‘zypper ref && zypper up’
To exclude issues with the NVIDIA / nouveau, you could install bbswitch ( and it’s dependency bbswitch-kmp-$KERNEL_FLAVOR ) to switch off the NVIDIA card completely ( saves battery anyway )

If you played with bumblebee did you fully remove all the packages including nvidia-bumblebeee?

The last update said something like “Finished” but didn’t return to the CLI prompt. And when I subsequently ran “zypper up” it said “Nothing to do”.
However the problems have vanished. The last thing I did was issue “shutdown -r now”

I suspect this is a situation in which the OS can fix itself but it needs an orderly shutdown and restart, and that can only be done via the CLI.

Thanks for the tip on deactivating the NVIDIA card. Will do.

Back to work . . .