[xubuntu-users] Laptop failing to shut down properly (SOLVED)

Neil Winchurst neilwin at drofle.co.uk
Sun Sep 25 15:24:28 UTC 2016

On 24/09/16 14:06, Christian Hartmann wrote:

> _Christian_
> On 23/09/2016 17:35, Neil Winchurst wrote:
>> Recently I upgraded to Xubuntu 16.04 on my desk top computer. I also
>> have a laptop as backup so I installed the same on that too. Then I
>> found that, when trying to shut down, the laptop did not close down
>> properly, but just stayed on a screen with a circle looping round and
>> round. I had to close down by holding the power button down until it
>> all finally stopped.
>> Looking on the internet I find that a lot of people are having the
>> same problem with version 16.04. There are various suggestions for
>> fixing it, some of which work for some people but not for others. My
>> wife and daughter are still on version 14.04 and I was planning to
>> upgrade their laptops too, but not now.
>> Has anyone on the list had this problem too? It seems to be just with
>> Xubuntu and not Xfce. I have also tested both Linux Lite and Linux
>> Mint with Xfce and they were fine. My desktop mostly works, but a
>> couple of times I have had the same problem with that.
>> Any suggestions, comments, help gratefully received.
>> Neil

 > similar problem:
 > Mine seems to shut down, but than it is still working, in hibernation
 > sleep or whatever


More research suggested that the problem was with CUPS. There is a 
package named cups-browserd which apparently takes time to search for 
any copies of CUPS on your network when you close down. It takes about 
90 seconds for the search and only then does the computer finally shut 
down. This was causing the delay every time I tried to close down the 

So I simply removed that program, using synaptic, and now the laptop 
shuts down very quickly. Since I do not print from the laptop, but only 
from my desktop computer, I have not bothered to see if this will cause 
any other problems with CUPS on the laptop, but I can't see why it should.

When I was researching on the internet there were many suggestions, some 
of which seemed quite complicated. However, my solution is very simple 
and effective.


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