Re: 11.10 laptop won't finish shutting down
When GRUB shows, press e
Use the arrow keys to locate the line stating with vmlinuz.
in that line, after the word quiet insert:
and hit CTRL-X
Try shutting down.
Did it work?
If so, repeat it to boot and don't shutdown yet.
Open a terminal and maximize it.
use the arrow keys to locate the line:
sudo nano /etc/default/grub
and insert after the word quiet
(this can take a while, if not very long)
when done, reboot normally and it should now shutdown as it should.
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