Power management

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Template:Article summary start Template:Article summary text Template:Article summary heading Template:Article summary wiki Template:Article summary end The purpose of this page is to provide general overview of power management in Arch Linux. As Arch Linux uses systemd as system manager, this article focuses on it.

There are multiple places where one can change power management settings:

Note: Power settings you set in one place could be overwritten in another place.

There are also many power management tools:


Enable RC6 Power Save Options

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Where #Nr:

  • 1: enable rc6
  • 3: enable rc6 and deep rc6
  • 5: enable rc6 and deepest rc6
  • 7: enable rc6, deep and deepest rc6

Connection problems with Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter


You may experience connection problems with the Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter, which is caused by incorrect power management functioning. You can notice the problem if you're experiencing random disconnections in IM or other software that keeps connection alive for a long time. In case you're using laptop, first you must disable battery power-over-perfomance feature: Settings / Power Manager / On Battery / Prefer power savings over perfomance

Next thing to do is switch off power management for adapter: You should add

iwconfig wlan0 power off

(assuming wlan0 is your AR9485 adapter) anywhere it can be executed on system init (or simply run it once, to fix the problem for current session) and that should do it.

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