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About half the time my workstation boots fine. The other half, it hangs on the purple logo screen with the progress light moving endlessly across the five dots. The work-around that I have been using is to power off and restart. After the 2nd or 3rd restart it will boot on to the login screen.

Coming out of Suspend, the desktop hangs on the beaver sketch screen showing a Power notification, sometimes with other notifications. It doesn't matter what keyboard key I press, the screen just stays the same.

The symptoms are close to: "Ubuntu 18.04.2 boot stuck on purple screen after updates." But the bootup progress lights are not showing on this related issue. And the suggested fixes are for Asus laptops running Intel chips. I'm using an older stand alone Hp workstation with an AMD Sempron processor. Its a simple single-OS desktop.

I've completely reinstalled ubuntu twice, with no change. I don't see the issue using my bootable thumb drives. I wouldn't mind any kind of a work around, like using a usb thumb drive with boot files that will still let the machine boot to the local hard drive. Thanks for any help someone will contribute.

Graphics card: AMD® Rs880

(output from) sudo lshw -numeric -C display

*-display
description: VGA compatible controller product: RS880 [Radeon HD 4200] [1002:9710] vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] [1002] physical id: 5 bus info: pci@0000:01:05.0 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom configuration: driver=radeon latency=0 resources: irq:18 memory:e0000000-efffffff ioport:1100(size=256) memory:f0100000-f010ffff memory:f0000000-f00fffff memory:c0000-dffff

(output from) sudo lshw -html > mySpecs.html

id: sff description: Low Profile Desktop Computer product: HP Compaq 6005 Pro SFF PC (SK557UC#ABA) vendor: Hewlett-Packard serial: 2UA1520P0G width: 64 bits capabilities: smbios-2.6 dmi-2.6 vsyscall32 configuration:
administrator_password = disabled boot = normal chassis = low-profile family = 103C_53307F power-on_password = disabled sku = SK557UC#ABA uuid = 8DA95630-EA31-E111-BBD8-38BA8C492C41 id: core description: Motherboard product: 3047h vendor: Hewlett-Packard physical id:
0 serial: 2UA1520P0G id: firmware description: BIOS vendor: Hewlett-Packard physical id:
1 version: 786G6 v01.15 date: 08/02/2011 size: 128KiB capacity: 960KiB capabilities: pci pnp upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect edd int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer acpi usb ls120boot zipboot biosbootspecification netboot id: cpu description: CPU product: AMD Sempron(tm) 145 Processor vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] physical id:
5 bus info:
cpu@0 version: AMD Sempron(tm) 145 Processor slot: XU1 PROCESSOR size: 2800MHz capacity: 2800MHz width: 64 bits clock: 200MHz capabilities: x86-64 fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt pdpe1gb rdtscp 3dnowext 3dnow constant_tsc rep_good nopl nonstop_tsc cpuid extd_apicid pni monitor cx16 popcnt lahf_lm svm extapic cr8_legacy abm sse4a misalignsse 3dnowprefetch osvw ibs skinit wdt hw_pstate vmmcall npt lbrv svm_lock nrip_save cpufreq configuration:
cores = 1 enabledcores = 1 threads = 1 id: cache:0 description: L1 cache physical id:
6 slot: L1 Cache size: 128KiB capacity: 128KiB clock: 1GHz (1.0ns) capabilities: pipeline-burst internal write-back unified configuration:
level = 1 id: cache:1 description: L2 cache physical id:
7 slot: L2 Cache size: 1MiB capacity: 1MiB clock: 1GHz (1.0ns) capabilities: pipeline-burst internal write-back unified configuration:
level = 2 id: memory:0 description: System Memory physical id:
39 slot: System board or motherboard id: bank:0 description: DIMM DDR3 Synchronous [empty] vendor: JEDEC ID: physical id:
0 slot: XMM1 id: bank:1 description: DIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1333 MHz (0.8 ns) product: EBJ21UE8BDF0-DJ-F vendor: JEDEC ID:02 FE physical id:
1 serial: E3053C08 slot: XMM2 size: 2GiB width: 64 bits clock: 1333MHz (0.8ns) id: bank:2 description: DIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1333 MHz (0.8 ns) product: EBJ21UE8BDF0-DJ-F vendor: JEDEC ID:02 FE physical id:
2 serial: 330557AF slot: XMM3 size: 2GiB width: 64 bits clock: 1333MHz (0.8ns) id: bank:3 description: DIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1333 MHz (0.8 ns) product: 8JTF25664AZ-1G4D1 vendor: JEDEC ID:80 2C physical id:
3 serial: BAAF51E7 slot: XMM4 size: 2GiB width: 64 bits clock: 1333MHz (0.8ns) id: memory:1 description: Flash Memory physical id:
3a slot: System board or motherboard capacity: 4MiB id: bank description: Chip FLASH Non-volatile physical id:
0 slot: SYSTEM ROM size: 1MiB width: 2 bits id: memory:2 physical id:
0 id: memory:3 physical id:
2 id: pci:0 description: Host bridge product: RS880 Host Bridge vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] physical id:
100 bus info:
pci@0000:00:00.0 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 66MHz configuration:
latency = 32 id: pci:0 description: PCI bridge product: RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (int gfx) vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] physical id:
1 bus info:
pci@0000:00:01.0 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 66MHz capabilities: pci ht normal_decode bus_master cap_list resources:
ioport : 1000(size=4096) memory : f0000000-f01fffff ioport : e0000000(size=268435456) id: display description: VGA compatible controller product: RS880 [Radeon HD 4200] vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] physical id:
5 bus info:
pci@0000:01:05.0 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom configuration:
driver = radeon latency = 0 resources:
irq : 18 memory : e0000000-efffffff ioport : 1100(size=256) memory : f0100000-f010ffff memory : f0000000-f00fffff memory : c0000-dffff id: pci:1 description: PCI bridge product: RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 3) vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] physical id:
7 bus info:
pci@0000:00:07.0 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pci pm pciexpress msi ht normal_decode bus_master cap_list configuration:
driver = pcieport resources:
irq : 19 memory : f0300000-f03fffff id: usb description: USB controller product: FL1100 USB 3.0 Host Controller vendor: Fresco Logic physical id:
0 bus info:
pci@0000:1f:00.0 version: 10 width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix xhci bus_master cap_list configuration:
driver = xhci_hcd latency = 0 resources:
irq : 19 memory : f0300000-f030ffff memory : f0310000-f0310fff memory : f0311000-f0311fff id: usbhost:0 product: xHCI Host Controller vendor: Linux 4.18.0-20-generic xhci-hcd physical id:
0 bus info:
usb@8 logical name:
usb8 version: 4.18 capabilities: usb-2.00 configuration:
driver = hub slots = 4 speed = 480Mbit/s id: usbhost:1 product: xHCI Host Controller vendor: Linux 4.18.0-20-generic xhci-hcd physical id:
1 bus info:
usb@9 logical name:
usb9 version: 4.18 capabilities: usb-3.00 configuration:
driver = hub slots = 4 speed = 5000Mbit/s id: pci:2 description: PCI bridge product: RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 5) vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] physical id:
a bus info:
pci@0000:00:0a.0 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pci pm pciexpress msi ht normal_decode bus_master cap_list configuration:
driver = pcieport resources:
irq : 18 memory : f0200000-f02fffff id: network description: Ethernet interface product: NetXtreme BCM5761 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe vendor: Broadcom Inc. and subsidiaries physical id:
0 bus info:
pci@0000:3f:00.0 logical name:
enp63s0 version: 10 serial: 2c:41:38:ba:8c:49 capacity: 1Gbit/s width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm vpd msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation configuration:
autonegotiation = on broadcast = yes driver = tg3 driverversion = 3.137 firmware = 5761-v3.77 latency = 0 link = no multicast = yes port = twisted pair resources:
irq : 26 memory : f0200000-f020ffff memory : f0210000-f021ffff id: storage description: SATA controller product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA Controller [AHCI mode] vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] physical id:
11 bus info:
pci@0000:00:11.0 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 66MHz capabilities: storage pm ahci_1.0 bus_master cap_list configuration:
driver = ahci latency = 32 resources:
irq : 22 ioport : 2110(size=8) ioport : 2120(size=4) ioport : 2118(size=8) ioport : 2124(size=4) ioport : 2100(size=16) memory : f0409000-f04093ff id: usb:0 description: USB controller product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] physical id:
12 bus info:
pci@0000:00:12.0 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 66MHz capabilities: ohci bus_master configuration:
driver = ohci-pci latency = 32 resources:
irq : 16 memory : f0404000-f0404fff id: usbhost product: OHCI PCI host controller vendor: Linux 4.18.0-20-generic ohci_hcd physical id:
1 bus info:
usb@3 logical name:
usb3 version: 4.18 capabilities: usb-1.10 configuration:
driver = hub slots = 3 speed = 12Mbit/s id: usb description: Mouse product: Microsoft 3-Button Mouse with IntelliEye(TM) vendor: Microsoft physical id:
1 bus info:
usb@3:1 version: 3.00 capabilities: usb-1.10 configuration:
driver = usbhid maxpower = 100mA speed = 2Mbit/s id: usb:1 description: USB controller product: SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] physical id:
12.1 bus info:
pci@0000:00:12.1 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 66MHz capabilities: ohci bus_master configuration:
driver = ohci-pci latency = 32 resources:
irq : 16 memory : f0405000-f0405fff id: usbhost product: OHCI PCI host controller vendor: Linux 4.18.0-20-generic ohci_hcd physical id:
1 bus info:
usb@4 logical name:
usb4 version: 4.18 capabilities: usb-1.10 configuration:
driver = hub slots = 3 speed = 12Mbit/s id: usb description: Keyboard product: USB Keyboard vendor: SIGMACHIP physical id:
2 bus info:
usb@4:2 version: 1.10 capabilities: usb-1.10 configuration:
driver = usbhid maxpower = 98mA speed = 2Mbit/s id: usb:2 description: USB controller product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] physical id:
12.2 bus info:
pci@0000:00:12.2 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 66MHz capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list configuration:
driver = ehci-pci latency = 32 resources:
irq : 17 memory : f0409400-f04094ff id: usbhost product: EHCI Host Controller vendor: Linux 4.18.0-20-generic ehci_hcd physical id:
1 bus info:
usb@1 logical name:
usb1 version: 4.18 capabilities: usb-2.00 configuration:
driver = hub slots = 6 speed = 480Mbit/s id: usb description: Wireless interface product: 802.11 n WLAN vendor: Ralink physical id:
3 bus info:
usb@1:3 logical name:
wlx9cefd5fe9eeb version: 1.01 serial: 9c:ef:d5:fe:9e:eb capabilities: usb-2.00 ethernet physical wireless configuration:
broadcast = yes driver = rt2800usb driverversion = 4.18.0-20-generic firmware = 0.36 ip = 192.168.43.125 link = yes maxpower = 450mA multicast = yes speed = 480Mbit/s wireless = IEEE 802.11 id: usb:3 description: USB controller product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] physical id:
13 bus info:
pci@0000:00:13.0 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 66MHz capabilities: ohci bus_master configuration:
driver = ohci-pci latency = 32 resources:
irq : 18 memory : f0406000-f0406fff id: usbhost product: OHCI PCI host controller vendor: Linux 4.18.0-20-generic ohci_hcd physical id:
1 bus info:
usb@5 logical name:
usb5 version: 4.18 capabilities: usb-1.10 configuration:
driver = hub slots = 3 speed = 12Mbit/s id: usb:4 description: USB controller product: SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] physical id:
13.1 bus info:
pci@0000:00:13.1 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 66MHz capabilities: ohci bus_master configuration:
driver = ohci-pci latency = 32 resources:
irq : 18 memory : f0407000-f0407fff id: usbhost product: OHCI PCI host controller vendor: Linux 4.18.0-20-generic ohci_hcd physical id:
1 bus info:
usb@6 logical name:
usb6 version: 4.18 capabilities: usb-1.10 configuration:
driver = hub slots = 3 speed = 12Mbit/s id: usb:5 description: USB controller product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] physical id:
13.2 bus info:
pci@0000:00:13.2 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 66MHz capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list configuration:
driver = ehci-pci latency = 32 resources:
irq : 19 memory : f0409500-f04095ff id: usbhost product: EHCI Host Controller vendor: Linux 4.18.0-20-generic ehci_hcd physical id:
1 bus info:
usb@2 logical name:
usb2 version: 4.18 capabilities: usb-2.00 configuration:
driver = hub slots = 6 speed = 480Mbit/s id: usb:0 description: Generic USB device product: VS501 vendor: LGE physical id:
1 bus info:
usb@2:1 version: 3.18 serial: VS501fe4e90a1 capabilities: usb-2.00 configuration:
driver = usbfs maxpower = 500mA speed = 480Mbit/s id: usb:1 description: Mass storage device product: Cruzer vendor: SanDisk physical id:
2 bus info:
usb@2:2 logical name:
scsi7 version: 1.00 serial: FC006A86D1493221 capabilities: usb-2.00 scsi emulated scsi-host configuration:
driver = usb-storage maxpower = 300mA speed = 480Mbit/s id: disk description: SCSI Disk product: Cruzer vendor: SanDisk physical id:
0.0.0 bus info:
scsi@7:0.0.0 logical name:
/dev/sdc version: PMAP serial: FC006A86D1493221 size: 57GiB (61GB) capabilities: removable configuration:
ansiversion = 6 logicalsectorsize = 512 sectorsize = 512 id: medium physical id:
0 logical name:
/dev/sdc size: 57GiB (61GB) capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos configuration:
signature = ecce2611 id: volume description: Windows FAT volume vendor: mkfs.fat physical id:
1 logical name:
/dev/sdc1 logical name:
/media/lekcin/thumb version: FAT32 serial: d8f2-41fe size: 57GiB capacity: 57GiB capabilities: primary fat initialized configuration:
FATs = 2 filesystem = fat label = thumb mount.fstype = vfat mount.options = rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,uid=1000,gid=1000,fmask=0022,dmask=0022,codepage=437,iocharset=iso8859-1,shortname=mixed,showexec,utf8,flush,errors=remount-ro state = mounted id: usb:2 description: Mass storage device product: ASMT1153e vendor: asmedia physical id:
4 bus info:
usb@2:4 logical name:
scsi6 version: 1.00 serial: 12345678913F capabilities: usb-2.10 scsi emulated scsi-host configuration:
driver = usb-storage speed = 480Mbit/s id: disk description: SCSI Disk product: 008-2DM166 vendor: ST3000DM physical id:
0.0.0 bus info:
scsi@6:0.0.0 logical name:
/dev/sdb version: 0 serial: F31987654321 size: 2794GiB (3TB) capabilities: partitioned partitioned:luks configuration:
ansiversion = 6 logicalsectorsize = 512 sectorsize = 4096 id: volume description: Linux Unified Key Setup volume physical id:
0 logical name:
/dev/sdb serial: 13ec8e1b-bd1f-4b24-914e-b3004a032fa3 size: 2794GiB capacity: 2794GiB width: 256 bits capabilities: encrypted luks initialized configuration:
bits = 256 cipher = aes filesystem = luks hash = sha1 mode = xts-plain64 version = 1 id: serial description: SMBus product: SBx00 SMBus Controller vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] physical id:
14 bus info:
pci@0000:00:14.0 version: 3c width: 32 bits clock: 66MHz capabilities: ht cap_list configuration:
driver = piix4_smbus latency = 0 resources:
irq : 0 id: multimedia description: Audio device product: SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] physical id:
14.2 bus info:
pci@0000:00:14.2 version: 00 width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list configuration:
driver = snd_hda_intel latency = 32 resources:
irq : 16 memory : f0400000-f0403fff id: isa description: ISA bridge product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 LPC host controller vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] physical id:
14.3 bus info:
pci@0000:00:14.3 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 66MHz capabilities: isa bus_master configuration:
latency = 0 id: pci:3 description: PCI bridge product: SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] physical id:
14.4 bus info:
pci@0000:00:14.4 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 66MHz capabilities: pci subtractive_decode bus_master vga_palette id: usb:6 description: USB controller product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI2 Controller vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] physical id:
14.5 bus info:
pci@0000:00:14.5 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 66MHz capabilities: ohci bus_master configuration:
driver = ohci-pci latency = 32 resources:
irq : 18 memory : f0408000-f0408fff id: usbhost product: OHCI PCI host controller vendor: Linux 4.18.0-20-generic ohci_hcd physical id:
1 bus info:
usb@7 logical name:
usb7 version: 4.18 capabilities: usb-1.10 configuration:
driver = hub slots = 2 speed = 12Mbit/s id: pci:1 description: Host bridge product: Family 10h Processor HyperTransport Configuration vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] physical id:
101 bus info:
pci@0000:00:18.0 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz id: pci:2 description: Host bridge product: Family 10h Processor Address Map vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] physical id:
102 bus info:
pci@0000:00:18.1 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz id: pci:3 description: Host bridge product: Family 10h Processor DRAM Controller vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] physical id:
103 bus info:
pci@0000:00:18.2 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz id: pci:4 description: Host bridge product: Family 10h Processor Miscellaneous Control vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] physical id:
104 bus info:
pci@0000:00:18.3 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz configuration:
driver = k10temp resources:
irq : 0 id: pci:5 description: Host bridge product: Family 10h Processor Link Control vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] physical id:
105 bus info:
pci@0000:00:18.4 version: 00 width: 32 bits clock: 33MHz id: scsi:0 physical id:
3 logical name:
scsi0 capabilities: emulated id: disk description: ATA Disk product: ST3000DM001-9YN1 vendor: Seagate physical id:
0.0.0 bus info:
scsi@0:0.0.0 logical name:
/dev/sda version: CC9B serial: Z1F0BAG8 size: 2794GiB (3TB) capabilities: gpt-1.00 partitioned partitioned:gpt configuration:
ansiversion = 5 guid = c9f23b9b-8a35-4636-ada7-223911ec7253 logicalsectorsize = 512 sectorsize = 4096 id: volume:0 description: BIOS Boot partition vendor: EFI physical id:
1 bus info:
scsi@0:0.0.0,1 logical name:
/dev/sda1 serial: bd5dc4e5-32e7-4740-abf1-d4b7bc03a753 capacity: 1023KiB capabilities: nofs id: volume:1 description: EXT4 volume vendor: Linux physical id:
2 bus info:
scsi@0:0.0.0,2 logical name:
/dev/sda2 logical name:
/ version: 1.0 serial: 6b289807-f565-4fa9-80b7-2e7a19f1ebe3 size: 2794GiB capabilities: journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover 64bit extents ext4 ext2 initialized configuration:
created = 2019-05-15 15:25:05 filesystem = ext4 lastmountpoint = / modified = 2019-06-12 09:15:35 mount.fstype = ext4 mount.options = rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro mounted = 2019-06-12 09:16:02 state = mounted id: scsi:1 physical id:
4 logical name:
scsi1 capabilities: emulated id: cdrom description: DVD reader product: DVD D DH16D6SH vendor: hp physical id:
0.0.0 bus info:
scsi@1:0.0.0 logical name:
/dev/cdrom logical name:
/dev/dvd logical name:
/dev/sr0 version: BHD4 capabilities: removable audio dvd configuration:
ansiversion = 5 status = nodisc id: power product: Standard Efficiency physical id:
1 capacity: 32768mWh

  • You should press ESC when that happens to see the error messages. – user880592 Jun 11 '19 at 19:49
  • Unfortunately, the PC doesn't acknowledge any keyboard input when it is hung. The mouse still moves around. – Charles Jun 11 '19 at 19:58
  • Please edit and post the full hardware specifications, namely the graphics card. – user880592 Jun 11 '19 at 20:00
  • You can file a bug report at launchpad.net. – WinEunuuchs2Unix Jun 14 '19 at 15:04
  • I've explored launchpad.net. It looks like the sites' focus is to register free software projects. I'd appreciate any help reporting a ubuntu bug. Thanks – Charles Jun 15 '19 at 1:25
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(months later...) I think I can add some light to this issue. My hard drive failed completely. I say 'completely' because it had lost some sectors over the years, as reported by Disks. When I replaced the HD, the startup issue that I reported here disappeared.

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