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Old 05-07-2009, 03:53 PM   #1
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My Acer Aspire One will not turn off when i try to shoudown


Hello,as the title suggests this is my problem. Everything was fine untill a couple of days ago,but now when i try to shutdown my netbook it will not do so so i have to press the power button untill it does,which i don't think is an ideal solution. The only thing i can possibly think of is that i installed a couple of updates from the software updater i have,so unless these have caused the problem, i am at a loss.I think the updates were something to do with Hal,if that is the right thing. I am very new to Linux so can anyone help me solve this problem? Or is using my recovery disc a prefered option?
 
Old 05-07-2009, 04:02 PM   #2
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Hello,as the title suggests this is my problem. Everything was fine untill a couple of days ago,but now when i try to shutdown my netbook it will not do so so i have to press the power button untill it does,which i don't think is an ideal solution. The only thing i can possibly think of is that i installed a couple of updates from the software updater i have,so unless these have caused the problem, i am at a loss.I think the updates were something to do with Hal,if that is the right thing. I am very new to Linux so can anyone help me solve this problem? Or is using my recovery disc a prefered option?
Check your log-files to see what you downloaded via yum ?
/var/log/yum.log

What happens when you execute the following command in a terminal window :
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su -c'/sbin/shutdown -h now'
 
Old 05-07-2009, 04:17 PM   #3
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Thanks for your quick reply, but how do i look in my log files? & is the command terminal idea a separate solution?
 
Old 05-07-2009, 04:36 PM   #4
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I tried the command terminal idea & nothing happened. I got asked for a password
 
Old 05-08-2009, 04:17 AM   #5
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I tried the command terminal idea & nothing happened. I got asked for a password
It is normal you got asked for a password. The 'su'-command make you shutdown your computer as the 'super user' root.
You need to give your root password.

If you do not have the basic knowledge on how to look into your logfiles I would suggest that you google around a bit or read a Linux beginners book.

From commandline :

Code:
less /var/log/yum.log
In Gnome GUI :

applications > system tools > software log viewer
 
Old 05-08-2009, 04:30 PM   #6
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Hello,thank you for your suggestions,i do need to learn the basics. However i tried the terminal command suggestion again in case i was doing it wrong. I saw that i was,so i tried again,pasted the code you sent but when i saw the password prompt,i was unable to enter it as the cursor would not respond to let me enter the password. What do i need to do to enter the password?
 
Old 05-09-2009, 06:49 AM   #7
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Hello,thank you for your suggestions,i do need to learn the basics. However i tried the terminal command suggestion again in case i was doing it wrong. I saw that i was,so i tried again,pasted the code you sent but when i saw the password prompt,i was unable to enter it as the cursor would not respond to let me enter the password. What do i need to do to enter the password?
Please grab a beginners book...

You will not see the password you enter, you will not see **** appear when entering. This is done so for security reasons.

Just enter your password en press 'enter'

Good luck.
 
Old 05-09-2009, 09:19 AM   #8
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Thank you,it worked fine, but it did still did not shut down by itself the next time i pressed shutdown. Was this to be expected? Is there a way to get my netbook to shutdown as it used to do without this step without using the recovery disc? But thank you for your assistance in this & can you suggest a good beginners book for me?
 
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Is there a way to get my netbook to shutdown as it used to do without this step without using the recovery disc?
Maybe you need to run your updates... There might be a fix for the bug you are experiencing now.

Use the 'code' I gave you so you do not need to shut down your netbook with a very cold shutdown.

http://www.linuxtopia.org/online_boo...ers_index.html

http://blogs.computerworld.com/the_b...inux_beginners
 
Old 10-01-2009, 08:14 AM   #10
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Hey I'm a beginner too during this last year and I know how it is, doesn't help to be told to 'read a beginners book!' Many folk have helped me and I've learned a lot via their answers!
When you setup your acer you were given the option to enter a password which you will need to have for entering as root user in terminal.

I have a similar shutdown problem, also after I installed a load of updates but it is hard to know which one is causing the problem. Also I have installed all the patches available and none have rectified the problem. I have written a post and had helpful suggestions and continue to research further. Let me know if you find a solution and if not I will let you know soon as I find one.

This forum is also for beginners so if you experienced Linux users out there actually have the solution, please let us know! J
 
Old 10-02-2009, 05:01 PM   #11
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Hello there i did manage to solve the shutdown problem but in a rather drastic way. I had to use my system restore disc which got me back to the "out of the box" condition so i lost everything i had put on before that. But as a temporary measure the suggestion made in the second post in this thread does work. Hope that helps.
 
  


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