Problem with LCD backlight remaining on during ACPI sleep
On some models the LCD backlight remains on during ACPI sleep.
(according to the relevant bug on the Kernel bug tracker (bug 2576))
If the ThinkPad has a radeon video chip, then switching off the light with the command
radeontool light off
will work, but only in a text-mode virtual terminal. If X is running, the light apparently comes back on when the kernel switches to text mode prior to sleeping. The solution in that case it to switch to a text mode console first.
I use the following script to suspend my machine. The hwclock lines compensate for the clock running at double speed during suspend (this is fixed in the 2.6.11 release candidate kernels, various distributions may backport the fix).
logger "Software suspend to ram." sync FGCONSOLE=`fgconsole` /sbin/hwclock --systohc chvt 1 radeontool light off echo -n 3 >/proc/acpi/sleep /sbin/hwclock --adjust /sbin/hwclock --hctosys logger "Woke up from suspend." radeontool light on chvt $FGCONSOLE
Improvements are clearly possible. :-)