View Full Version : [ubuntu] Unable to shutdown properly

May 6th, 2010, 06:21 AM
Hello Everyone,

I am new Ubuntu user just installed Ububtu 9.10 and I am unable to shutdown properly after choosing Shutdown from the menu it logs off and then I get an error in black screen "System Halted" and I wait their but nothing happens. :cry:

Then with no option left I have to switch off my machine to make it shutdown.

Is this normal for Ubuntu, please help.

I don't have such problem with win XP, tried checking other posts similar to this but unable to find a solution.

Thanks & Regards,
Mandeep Mohit.

May 6th, 2010, 06:41 AM
No, that's un-normal.

This particular issue is something new because a new component called Plymouth has been added to replace xsplash.

I'd try searching the forum for "plymouth problems". ... I'll see if I can find a link for ya....

As a temporary measure, you could try switching to a console from your desktop, Ctrl+Alt+F2, login, then type:
sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop then type:
sudo shutdown now or
sudo rebootor
sudo shudown -r 0-r is for restart, 0 for -in zero seconds or
sudo halt to shutdown or restart the system.

AS I've said, it seems to be a relatively common issue, and you might find some info at launchpad too:
and reported bugs concerning this problem:

You might also want to post the output of
lspci -nn so people can see what kind of hardware you're running.

I'd also be inclined to try reinstalling package gdm and/or package plymouth through Synaptic or the command-line.

May 6th, 2010, 06:49 AM
Or you could type

sudo shutdown -P now
in the terminal to power down the system instantly

Or if you don't like going to the terminal every single time, you could create a Launcher and put this command into it.

But ofcourse, these are just alternatives, better look into utnubuuser's post about the plymouth thing.

May 8th, 2010, 12:45 AM
Thanks a lot for replying I created a Lauchpad with that command however my problem remains the same it just works as a shutdown button and then I get a black screen like dos prompt and nothing happens, then I have to coldboot.

I have P IV 1.5 GHz
Ram 512 MB
Motherboard Intell 816 chipset
Widows XP installed dual boot
FAT32 both drives
HD - 40 GB

ya i know its quiet an ancient system, I am happy with it I can do my basics with it.