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I would suggest testing with a Live CD, or possibly even a couple of different ones to be thorough. If it can shutdown or reboot as commanded under a Live CD, then it is likely a problem with the software load.
Thanks, I hadn't thought of testing it with other discs, because it happens when I use the disc I loaded from. I had just assumed since everything else went fine with this install that the disc could not be the problem...
But now I find you are right on- when I boot from other Live discs the shutdown works as it should. If I boot from this LMDE disc shutdown doesn't work.
Sigh. I just spent two days configuring this box. I hate to start over from scratch with a new disc. Any ideas of other fixes? Maybe updating the kernel?
I have since tried this on another machine, and this does not happen.
I.E., when I boot from this particular LiveDVD (new LMDE) in my new machine selecting shutdown does not shutdown, but restarts.
Using this disk in a different machine shutdown works as it should.
Using other LiveDVD's in this new machine shutdown works as it should.
So, evidently there is some interaction between this LiveDVD and this new machine which is causing the problem. I have updated all software including the kernel and the BIOS.
The other thing I found last night is that the mobo has a loose connector- the USB3.0 front panel connector on the mobo. This would seem to be related to an error message I always get on bootup- xhci_hcd: Failed to enable MSI-X. Evidently xhci is related to USB3.0. So maybe there's a problem with the mobo. Unfortunately this is the only machine I have access to which supports USB3.0.
I've called Intel and have begun the process of returning the mobo. We'll see how that goes...
In theory turning it off in the BIOS should be enough, but you can also try blacklisting it by adding a line like:
to '/lib/modprobe.d/e1000e.conf' OR if there is no '/lib/modprobe.d' then to '/etc/modprobe.d/e1000e.conf' OR if there is no '/etc/modprobe.d' then to '/etc/modprobe.conf'. You may need to create the file 'e1000e.conf', the name doesn't matter, but it must end in '.conf'.
Thanks to Frank and TexMex I have found a solution.
After blacklisting the e1000e driver _and_ turning off the LAN in the BIOS the machine will now shutdown properly. BOTH actions must be done- either one by itself would not work.
More details- I have found that if I hold the front panel power button in for 5+ seconds the machine would shutdown, as you would expect.
I also found that the command:
would shut the machine down. But selecting shutdown from a menu or invoking "shutdown -h now" would cause the machine to almost shutdown then restart.
So, looks like an interaction between this particular LiveDVD (LinuxMint Debian Maya) and this machine. Since I don't need the LAN for this particular machine, turning the LAN off and blacklisting the e1000e driver is OK by me, AFAIK, at this time.