View Full Version : [ubuntu] Problem shutting down

June 16th, 2009, 11:26 PM
I'm running Ubuntu Intrepid, and recently, I've been having trouble shutting down or restarting my computer. I don't remember doing anything out of the ordinary when the problem emerged. Basically, what happens is that the computer shuts down/reboots as it normally would, but when it's supposed to turn off, the screen just becomes all messed up. At this point, I just manually turn off the computer via the power button. It appears to be no more than an annoyance, since I can still turn off my PC, but I don't know if it's a symptom to a more serious problem, and even if it isn't a big problem, it's still annoying. All help appreciated, since I have no idea where to even start to fix this.

June 16th, 2009, 11:35 PM
How far through shutdown does it get before you have to turn it off?

June 16th, 2009, 11:58 PM
Similar type of things happens to me.

At random times when I shutdown it gets to a black screen with a blinking cursor and stays there.

June 17th, 2009, 12:18 AM
This works for some people, myself included. Open the /etc/modules file in a text editor as root:

gksudo gedit /etc/modules
and add this as the last line of the file

apm power_off=1
Save and close the file.
Shutdown should work after that.

June 17th, 2009, 12:26 AM
Well, after rebooting a few times, the problem seems to have resolved itself... Some sort of temporary xorg glitch, perhaps? At any rate, if it comes back, I'll probably try your suggestion, 4Orbs.
What had happened before was that everything went as expected, but at the point where my computer shuts off normally, it would show a weird fuzzy screen.
@abhiroopb: You seem to have another problem entirely, though I'm just guessing, really. Sometimes, when I start my computer, it freezes at BIOS with a blank screen and blinking cursor. Unplugging any USB devices solves this. Not sure if it'll help your situation, though, sorry.