# Laptop specific

# Hibernation

Native hibernation through systemd require two simple steps:

  • Add resume=/dev/sdxY to the kernel, where x is your device and Y is your SWAP partition.
  • Add the resume hook to your etc/mkinitcpio.conf file and regenerate the initramfs afterwards. In case of making encryption, keyboard should be placed before encrypt, because you will not able to decrypt without keyboard.
# find HOOKS in mkinitcpio.conf and it should look similar:
HOOKS=(base udev autodetect mdconf block filesystem  resume  keyboard fsck) #You should put 'resume' after udev


To regenerate the initramfs, run this in the terminal:

mkinitcpio -p linux

Also modify /etc/systemd/logind.conf and change HandleLidSwitch option:



It could be useful to check suspend and hibernate wiki article.

# Nvidia hybrid graphics


This part may cause hangs or another graphical problems, check twice!


For laptops with hybrid Intel/NVIDIA graphics, you should read bumblebee article first.

If you have lockup issues read this.

There is also an alternative to bumblebee, called Nvidia-xrun.
If you will use #TLP be aware of TLP with Bumblebee issue.

  • Install dependencies
sudo pacman -S mesa mesa-demos bumblebee bbswitch primus xf86-video-intel 


Use pacman to install appropriate driver, DO NOT download it from the official website!
There are different versions of appropriate drivers, you can check it with NVIDIA driver download website.

  • Add active user to bumblebee group
gpasswd -a your_user_name bumblebee
  • Enable bumblebee service
sudo systemctl enable bumblebeed.service
  • Edit /etc/bumblebee/bumblebee.conf with following::
Bridge=primus #Switch from 'auto'
PMMethod=bbswitch #Enable NVIDIA card after waking from suspend
  • And define your card in /etc/bumblebee/xorg.conf.nvidia, using correct BusID according to lspci output::
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"


Observe that the format of lspci is HEX, whilee in xorg it's decimals.
So if the output for example 01:00.0 the BusID shoud be PCI:1:0:0, or 00:02.0 will be PCI:0:2:0.

  • Test your card
optirun glxspheres64 # You can run this only in graphical environment.


If you have a hang just before X loaded, try to force xorg.conf to use only intel device, you can see the example in my dotfiles.

# Nvidia settings

If you want more control over the graphical interface or cli, you can install nvidia-settings, and run it with optirun e.g.:

optirun nvidia-settings -c :8

# Laptop Specific Keybindings

You have several options how to manage keyboard backlight, for Asus I picked the asus-kbd-backlight.

yay -S asus-kbd-backlight
sudo systemctl enable asus-kbd-backlight.service #enable a service to allow user permissions

Command examples:

asus-kbd-backlight up
asus-kbd-backlight down
asus-kbd-backlight max
asus-kbd-backlight off
asus-kbd-backlight night
asus-kbd-backlight 2
asus-kbd-backlight show

You can bind any commands to your xF86XK media keys now: 0 here is your fn button (haskell.hs example):

((0, xF86XK_KbdBrightnessUp  ), spawn "asus-kbd-backlight up"  ) -- F3 Keyboard backlight up
((0, xF86XK_KbdBrightnessDown), spawn "asus-kbd-backlight down") -- F4 Keyboard backlight down


Keyboard backlight should work automatically with any recent kernel.
Desktop environments that use UPower, like GNOME or KDE,
work out the box and don't need any tool or script to register the keys and change the keyboard brightness.