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I was running Kubuntu 12.04 on an HP Elitebook 8540p with 8GB RAM and Nvidia GPU This was installed on a external Western Digital My Passport 500GB No issues were encountered and the system operated normally

Overtime, I have to assume as upgrades where installed, the system began to develop problems.

First is was: ata_id[XXX] HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed for '/dev/sdb': Invalid argument Then later I got: intel ipc turbo graphics disabled

After hours of reading forums and trying different fixes I managed to screw up the system to where a reinstall was necessary.

My questions are why does the system operate perfectly from the live CD and not the installed system?
Why is there now the need for the turbo graphics work around?
Why does the acpi=off grub parameter need to there?
Why does the current installer not pick up these issues?

Below this line is a journal of the what took place

Downloaded kubuntu-12.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso
Burnt DVD with K3b, burnt image at 4x speed

Installation to be put on Western Digital My Passport 1TB USB3 external drive

Set up partions with KDE Partion Manager
/dev/sdc1 ext4 500MB /boot
/dev/sdc2 ext4 30.1GB /
/dev/sdc3 ext4 400GB /home
/dev/sdc5 swap 8GB

Ran the following commands to setup partitions:

$ sudo tune2fs -O extents,uninit_bg,dir_index /dev/sdc1
tune2fs 1.42 (29-Nov-2011)
$ sudo tune2fs -O extents,uninit_bg,dir_index /dev/sdc2
tune2fs 1.42 (29-Nov-2011)
$ sudo sudo tune2fs -m 1.0 -O extents,uninit_bg,dir_index /dev/sdc3
tune2fs 1.42 (29-Nov-2011)
$ sudo fsck -fDp /dev/sdc1
fsck from util-linux 2.20.1
Boot: 11/128520 files (0.0% non-contiguous), 26729/514048 blocks
$ sudo fsck -fDp /dev/sdc2
fsck from util-linux 2.20.1
Root: 11/1966560 files (0.0% non-contiguous), 167441/7865825 blocks
$ sudo fsck -fDp /dev/sdc3
fsck from util-linux 2.20.1
Home: 11/26222592 files (0.0% non-contiguous), 1696538/104858263 blocks

All the above was done on an HP Pavilion Elite

Inserted DVD into HP Elitebook 8540p
Hardwired network connection
External drive not plugged in

Booted DVD no special commands

Selected - Try Kubuntu
Once booted (no GUI issues)
Plugged in external drive
Opened Dolphin - could see all partions, DVD, host HD
Closed Dolphin
Clicked on Install Kubuntu 12.04.3 LTS
Selected English
Selected - Install 3rp party software - did not select Download updates while installing
umounted /dev/sda and /dev/sdb
Selected SCSI8 WD My Passport 0748
Selected Manual

In the Prepare Partitions
/dev/sdb1 ext4 /boot no format
/dev/sdb2 ext4 / no format
/dev/sdb3 ext4 /home no format
Set Bootloader to /dev/sdb

clicked - Install now
At warning clicked - Continue

Selected Eastern timezone
English keyboard layout and variations
clicked - Continue

Inserted name / password / computer name / require password / no encyrpt

At completion
clicked Restart now
Remove media and pressed Enter

At grub booted normally kernel .....52

At login:
entered login and password pressed Enter
Saw the disk drive and just the beginning of next icon
screen goes black - no cursor
hear login sound
no video output

pressed cntl-alt-F1 cntl-alt-del cntl-alt-F1 for reboot
nexted time edited grub
deleted quiet and splash to watch what is happening - added nvidia.modeset=0
no issued that I could see getting to the login
this time selected KDE (failsafe session)
Same problem

Tried i915.modeset=1 and i915.modeset=0
Same problem

Tried nomodeset and noxforcevesa
got - ata_id[275] HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed for '/dev/sdb': Invalid argument
then black screen

Tried acpi=off nomodeset
got - ata_id[2??] HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed for '/dev/sdb': Invalid argument
then login was successful with full operating KDE desktop
error messages on reboot

Tried acpi=off i915modeset=0
got - ata_id[211] HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed for '/dev/sdb': Invalid argument
then login was successful with full operating KDE desktop
error messages on reboot

Tried acpi=ht nomodeset
got - ata_id[265] HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed for '/dev/sdb': Invalid argument
then black screen

Went back to
acpi=off nomodeset
got - ata_id[2??] HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed for '/dev/sdb': Invalid argument
then login was successful with full operating KDE desktop
did full upgrade in muon and installed nvidia-current
rebooted
error messages

no grub modification
got - ata_id[2??] HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed for '/dev/sdb': Invalid argument
intel ipc turbo graphics disabled
login- black screen
reboot
error messages

Tried
ACPI=off
got - ata_id[2??] HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed for '/dev/sdb': Invalid argument
intel ipc turbo graphics disabled
then login was successful with full operating KDE desktop

added acpi=off to /etc/default/grub and ran update-grub

got this from Bug 724569

The workaround:
boot in recovery mode then
sudo vi /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
add line: blacklist intel_ips

finally reboot

shutdown
error messages
last one says - nm-dispatcher.action - caught signal 15, shutting down...
system is now hung up
finished shutdown by tapping power button

At least there is now a workaround, and I can use the system

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closed as off-topic by Tom Brossman, Braiam, Eric Carvalho, Kevin Bowen, Mitch Oct 7 '13 at 6:38

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Outstanding research and documentation, but I am afraid bugs (and bug workarounds) are off-topic here, and your question should probably be closed. Glad you got it working though. –  Tom Brossman Oct 4 '13 at 21:03

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