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    Ubuntu 14.04 won't shut down

    When I choose to shut down the computer, it won't shut down - it just hangs there and I have to do push the power off button on my computer to shut it down...

    Yesterday I upgraded from 13.10 to 14.04 - I didn't have this problem with 13.10...

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    Re: Ubuntu 14.04 won't shut down...

    I have the same problem, I'm on an old Fujitsu Siemens Amillo pro and upon upgrading to 14.04 when I try to shut down everything seems to work as it should apart that The computer remains idle without turning off once all the processes are closed.
    It was fine on 13.10

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    Re: Ubuntu 14.04 won't shut down...

    I had the exact same issue, but I found a fix that worked for me.

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop
    sudo apt-get install unity

    At first I thought it still wasn't shutting down, it normally takes 5 seconds, but for some reason it's taking like 30-60 seconds ...

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    Re: Ubuntu 14.04 won't shut down...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Starkey View Post
    I had the exact same issue, but I found a fix that worked for me.

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop
    sudo apt-get install unity

    At first I thought it still wasn't shutting down, it normally takes 5 seconds, but for some reason it's taking like 30-60 seconds ...
    I tried that, sadly didn't work...

    But I managed to find out something else:
    I changed the line in /etc/default/grub
    Code:
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
    to
    Code:
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi=off"
    and then ran
    Code:
    sudo grub-update
    you won't see the results right away because even after updating the grub configuration this is reloaded only on a new restart so the first time you shut down it will behave exactly as before.

    This fixed the reboot and made the system reach the point where it prints "System halted" (or something similar) as the last line in the shutdown sequence.
    This still means that you have to press the power button to completely turn off the pc but the system is definitely halted.
    The reason this happens is because acpi is the power management and by turning it off the system can't turn the pc off.

    This is not at all a final solution or even a fix, but I think it shows us where the problem lies, sadly I'm not sure how we could procede from here, I'm going to try booting on a live cd/usb and see if I can turn of from there (maybe something went wrong with the upgrade)

    UPDATE:
    I tried from live cd and the problem is still the same, sadly I really need my laptop to be in working order (I also noticed that the Suspend behaviour is not working, probably still related to the same bug) so I'm reverting to 13.10 for the time being, hope a fix will come out soon ^^
    Last edited by marco-prolog; April 18th, 2014 at 03:24 PM.

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    Re: Ubuntu 14.04 won't shut down...

    If you go to the command line and type the following, what do you get?

    Code:
    shutdown -h now

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    Re: Ubuntu 14.04 won't shut down...

    I went back to 13.10 now so I can't do any more testing, but I tried that and the behavior was exactly the same as shutting down through the GUI

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    Re: Ubuntu 14.04 won't shut down...

    Just installed ubuntu 14.04 server and
    Code:
    sudo shutdown now
    cased the system to shutdown, but not power down.

    While
    Code:
    sudo shutdown -h now
    cased the system to shutdown and power down.


    from man shutdown:

    "-h Requests that the system be either halted or powered off after it has been brought down, with the choice as to which left to the system."
    Last edited by mmorris; April 22nd, 2014 at 09:07 PM.

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    Re: Ubuntu 14.04 won't shut down...

    I have the same problem w/14.04. I have an HP Pavilion DV9009us and the last two lines I see after I click on "shut down" are
    *Deactivating swap
    mount: / is busy
    *Will now halt
    After that, I have to manually turn the laptop off.

    Any help appreciated.

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    Re: Ubuntu 14.04 won't shut down...

    This worked:

    sudo shutdown -h now

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    Re: Ubuntu 14.04 won't shut down...

    "sudo halt now" should work

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