Kubuntu/Ubuntu does not remove everything from memory at shutdown

Knapp magick.crow at gmail.com
Thu Mar 11 20:07:18 UTC 2010

On Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 8:09 PM, Mark Greenwood <fatgerman at ntlworld.com> wrote:
> On Thursday 11 Mar 2010 04:53:21 Howard Coles Jr. wrote:
>> On Wednesday 10 March 2010 03:48:35 pm Mark Greenwood wrote:
>> >
>> > Yes that's exactly what I'm suggesting. Those suggesting this is a Windows
>> > problem have missed the point and failed to understand the problem. The
>> > problem is that Kubuntu does not correctly shut down and clear
>> > memory/microcode/ACPI on a warm reboot. If the system has not been
>> > properly shut down then it is not the next OS's problem if hardware does
>> > not initialise correctly.
>> >
>> > Mark
>> >
>> Here's the deal.  The BIOS clears and initializes the hardware to a certain
>> point upon boot up, and when the control is handed over to the OS after the
>> bootstrap is loaded, it's up to the starting OS to initialize, and load the
>> drivers for all detected devices.  Blaming Kubuntu because Windoze doesn't
>> load right has got to be the craziest thing I've heard around here in a LONG
>> time.
>> Here's a point you don't get as well:  If you're "warm booting", you're by
>> nature NOT clearing all the code in all the adapters at the OS level, you're
>> just clearing and writing out the Hard Drive cache, killing all the apps
>> running, and kicking off a quick reboot via ACPI.  It's up to the BIOS of the
>> box, or the next OS startup at that point to reset all cards and memory.  That
>> kind of completely empty RAM and all other add-on cards would be a complete
>> cold boot, right?  Warm booting means I don't take the time to completely
>> clear and shut down the hardware, I just do a "refresh" boot, hence the name
>> "warm".
>> I've been using Kubuntu for years now, and there have been times when I've had
>> to do a cold boot because drivers didn't load successfully, but I've never (on
>> many machines) heard of blaming OS3 because OS2 and/or OS1 didn't do their
>> shut down right.  I've always blamed the OS that was booting up for not
>> loading drivers or initializing cards.  I've also had to do full power off
>> reboots because warm boots don't completely empty RAM/microcode, etc on
>> different OSes (Linux, NetWare, OS/2, and Windows) so this is nothing new.
>> Sometimes to get new microcode/updates to load, or fully update drivers, you
>> had to do a full cold power off reboot, I just haven't run into that in a long
>> while.
> I'm sure that's all very relevant to something. But here's the deal.
> I have Windows Vista, Kubuntu, and Mandriva on my laptop.
> I can warm reboot from Windows into any of the 3 OS's I have installed.
> I can warm reboot from Mandriva into any of the 3 OS's I have installed.
> I cannot warm reboot from Kubuntu into any OS, including Kubuntu.
> You still trying to tell me this is Windows' problem?
> Mark

PulseAudio has been causing me nothing but headaches. It might be the
source of your problem also and maybe this will let us file a good bug
against it!

Try killing the sound (PulseAudio (I hate this program but it is
better than without it}) before log out and see if that fixes the
problem then report back here.

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Douglas E Knapp

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