[Solved] Linux Mint 18 not waking up from Suspend / Hibernate after Lid close

My Linux Mint 18 today was refusing to wake up from Suspend/Hibernate after I had closed the lid. It’s a little odd, because I went for the cinnamon and all other niceness installation variant, an image that wouldn’t even fit on a 2GB USB flash drive.

The only thing I apparently had to do was to open the driver manager and install the graphics drivers, followed by an apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade

Apart from that I can really recommend Linux Mint 18 so far, it’s been my favourite distribution for some years because it has all of the fairly up to date Ubuntu packages, a usable desktop (Cinnamon is a fork of Gnome 3) and you just very easily get shit done with it.

It’s still startling me that it doesn’t just wake up when installed on a Mac Book Air, a fairly… common piece of hardware, also a fairly common piece of hardware to run Linux on I believe.

Forgiving the few kinks of the new release, I’ll still recommend Linux Mint to anyone who wants a stable desktop Linux without having to compile packages and still close to the server side if you’re running Debian or Ubuntu on the server.

PS: make sure you have your display brightness up, because it seems to turn off completely below 80%.

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6 thoughts on “[Solved] Linux Mint 18 not waking up from Suspend / Hibernate after Lid close”

  1. Solution: Upgrade to kernel 4.13.1.

    I was struggling with this issue on my lenovo G40 laptop since 2 years. Recently i upgraded to the latest kernel 4.13.1. The problem solved 100%. Works perfectly. Tested with Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Centos 7, Fedora 26, Linux Mint 18.2, opensuse 42.3. All OS work perfectly with kernel 4.13.1. When i close and open the laptop lid, it wakes up from suspend smoothly.

    ukuu — Ubuntu Kernel Upgrade Utility:

    sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get install ukuu


  2. Why does anyone buy himself this really expensive sort of hardware – just to install open source Ubuntu on it??
    I really don’t understand that. I don’t even have enough money to buy a car that’s more than 10 years old (okay, maybe a “Diesel” now). And others just waste their money.

    I really don’t think any distributions of Linux are thoroughly tested on any piece of bitten apple…
    And my Acer also had problems with any Windoze except the preinstalled Win8 (so yes, I HAD a reason to switch to Linux). On Win10 not even my synaptics pointer would run for more than just clicking.

    On Mint everything is fine – except this hibernation thing, no matter how I would start it.
    But I also solved this. I installed uswsusp. With “s2disk” everything is fine now.
    I also read your swap has to be big enough.
    When resuming from hibernation I only got the logon window, but nothing moved. With CTRL+ALT+1 I switched to console, could login and there I read this strange “NMI” message that something wasn’t okay with my suspend mode and that Mint was trying to move on. But nothing moved until I pressed CTRL+ALT+DEL, then it rebooted normally.

    1. Hi Anonymous,

      thanks for your comment! I disagree that Ubuntu (or other Linux’) should be inferior to anything else in the OS space, so to me it’s just a logical choice, unless I want to edit photos, videos or play games.

      Most of the work I get paid for is development or operations, generally software related, on Linux server stacks. To me it’s perfectly normal to just install any $linux when I get a piece of hardware.

      Hope your financial situation will pick up, I don’t have a car either and the computer wasn’t “mine”, but provided by the company I worked for at the time. If I had to buy a computer, this one would still be on the shortlist though, it’s very small and quite beefy.

  3. Hi, I just stumbled over this. Running Mint 18 on a PC. As of today, it crashes after wakeup every time. I hit any key, power LED stops blinking and is on, but screen stays black, keyboard dead (no LED reaction on Caps/Numlock), mouse dark also.
    Never experienced something like this in years. Running the “recommended” proprietory Nvidia driver. :-/

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