I have a USB audio device that has input and output from/to guitar. It gets power from USB. It was working all well before. But after recent updates, It's kind of half-working. The device only gets power when there is some audio is being playing in laptop or some input signal is sent from guitar. So, If I stop playing guitar for a second, it turns off and when I play again it goes on. I want to get continuous power. Is there any way I can fix this problem?

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This question seems really simular: https://superuser.com/questions/408683/why-my-usb-mouse-gets-suspended-after-3-seconds-of-inactivity

You can check if you have the same issue as the one above by entering the command:

for i in /sys/bus/usb/devices/*/power/control; do echo on > $i; done

If this fixes your problem, you can make it permanent by editing /etc/laptop-mode/conf.d/usb-autosuspend.conf in scratch

sudo scratch-text-editor /etc/laptop-mode/conf.d/usb-autosuspend.conf



The permanent fix seems to have changed, if modprobe usbcore autosuspend=-1 doesn't do anything, you need to change the bootloader. To do this, you have to open the GRUB config in scratch. sudo scratch-text-editor /etc/default/grub and loof for a line that states GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT and add usbcore.autosuspend=-1 to that line.

The line will be something along the lines of this:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash usbcore.autosuspend=-1"

  • This command above with the for loop enabled power for my guitar. But I could not locate usb-audosuspend.conf file, because path doesn't exist. I have put that first command in a file, and run it when I need to use that device. Permanent fix would be awesome.
    – dg_no_9
    Oct 14, 2015 at 14:17
  • It might be in one of these files: /etc/modprobe.conf, /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf or /etc/modprobe.d/options. Look for options usbcore autosuspend=1
    – Jeroen
    Oct 14, 2015 at 14:39
  • I have only /etc/modprobe.d/modesetting.conf file which has options in int. But there is no options for usbcore. Should I add options usbcore to this file or create a new file?
    – dg_no_9
    Oct 14, 2015 at 15:45
  • No you should not have to create those files. Does the command modprobe usbcore autosuspend=-1 return anything?
    – Jeroen
    Oct 14, 2015 at 17:04
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    @dg_no_9 No problem, I'm just a bit bussy today (deadlines ugh...) so I don't really have time right now. Will help you tomorrow :)
    – Jeroen
    Oct 15, 2015 at 15:10

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