Problem with Edubuntu 7.04 shutdown

Simón Ruiz simon.a.ruiz at
Sat Apr 28 18:21:34 BST 2007

On 4/28/07, Gavin McCullagh <gmccullagh at> wrote:
> I've seen it a lot on thin clients -- you press the shutdown screen in the
> bottom left corner and the machine appears to freeze (though it actually
> just didn't manage to blank the screen during shutdown).  Seems that linux
> can't completely power down some machines (win2k has similar problems with
> quite a few machines).
> If you mean it gets right to the end of the shutdown sequence, disks are
> unmounted and you just need to power it off, this is possibly the same
> situation and it's not dangerous -- I'd expect it to be an old piece of
> hardware.  In the days before acpi, one could frequently fix this by doing
>         sudo modprobe apm
> to load the apm power management tool.  Though I suspect you need to remove
> all the acpi stuff first nowadays.
> Gavin

I had a problem with 6.10 where it wouldn't completely shut down on
Dell 210Ls SOME of the time (maybe 10% of the time, which with 150
workstations is rather annoying), it would get to the point where the
light would normally turn off, but instead the light would stay on and
a fan would either turn on or speed up to the point where it was

Rather a pain, I filed a bug but after asking me to attach the output
of several commands I haven't seen much activity on that.

Do you think using APM might help in that situation?

-Simón A. Ruiz

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