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I know similar questions have been asked, but I can't seem to locate and answer... so I thought I would take a stab.

However I attempt to shutdown, poweroff or restart, Ubuntu hangs on the red Ubuntu screen (with the 4 dots - the first one lights up) and it stays there.

I left it one last night and it was still there this morning. Is this a bug? Is there a fix? Will 12.10 resolve this?

It is obvious I am not the only one dealing with it.


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try pressing the Esc key at this screen to see what it is actually doing. Also try sudo shutdown -P now from a terminal. – adempewolff Aug 22 '12 at 13:24
Have the same problem. 12.04.01 64bit. Is there no other way to fix this other than shutting down with terminal ? – Mazal Jan 13 '13 at 14:25

I had the same problem with halt. After several attempts, both sudo poweroff and sudo halt -p work for me.

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I am having the same problem, and what I do is to open a Terminal (Control+Alt+t) and then I write sudo halt or sudo reboot.

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Please use sudo poweroff and not halt (halt is bugged: due to incompatible default settings if I understood it correctly). – Rinzwind Aug 22 '12 at 13:34

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