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I have noticed this in every linux OS I have tried. When I attempt to a reboot, it hangs and forces me to manually shut it off. I cant imagine that this is good for my netbook and was wondering if this can be changed. I have tried Mint 12 & 9, Ubuntu 11, and Xubuntu and they all do this.

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We need more hardware information to help you, can you look at this question and then edit your question adding the information. –  fossfreedom Mar 10 '12 at 10:55
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In order to find out why it is hanging you could remove the "quiet splash" flags from grub2. This should allow you to see where it jams.

Run

sudo nano -w /etc/default/grub

then change the line

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"

to

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=""

Then save, and

sudo update-grub

Now when you boot/shutdown the splash screen will be gone and you'll get lots of info as to whats going on.

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Worked like a charm! Thanks! –  Doug Clement Mar 10 '12 at 22:27
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