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Old 07-24-2007, 11:39 PM   #1
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Gnome shut down problem

I recently installed Debian, with the latest Linux Kernel, 2.6.28-4.686 and Gnome using the simple method.

After logging into Gnome I am in the Gnome desktop but when I try to log out it doesn't work. What happens is the log out windows appears and begins the count down from 60 to 1 second and freezes at 1 sec. If I hit the "Shut down" button, the program reverts to the Gnome Desktop so I am still in the desktop.

The only way I have been able to shut down is to turn power off to the computer.

Help Please.

Old 07-25-2007, 02:47 AM   #2
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I think this is the bug inside the 2.6.28 kernel.

You can try to use system rescue cd from

I have forgetten the detail process when i using Fedora Core 6.

I many be wrong

1. craete a directory
2. Mount the file to that directory.
3. Find poweroff/halt
4. I odn't know whether user halt or poweroff.

I hope this helps.
Old 07-25-2007, 03:11 AM   #3
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Can you switch terminals? (example: ctrl+alt+F1)

If so you can probably "apt-get remove" gnome and reinstall it. (or install something sensible, like KDE Sorry, couldn't resist )


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