After installing Ubuntu 13.04 (not upgrading to it, I did a "clean install" removing the older one), I'm not been able to shutdown the system.

After clicking the Shut Down button the desktop environment is terminated and the Ubuntu splash screen blink on the screen and a error in a black sceen (without the DE) just says the following:

acpid: exiting
speech-dispatcher disabled; edit /etc/default/speech-dispatcher
  • Try this in terminal sudo shutdown -h -q now. Does your system shutdown?
    – Mitch
    Apr 29, 2013 at 11:33
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    Zignd, thanks. I changed property RUN from no to yes in /etc/default/speech-dispatcher then my notebook(dell inspiron 1525) shutdown successfully.
    – Ksarrr
    May 4, 2013 at 3:20
  • shutdown is OK but restart has same problem May 5, 2013 at 11:46

1 Answer 1


I've solved the problem through those steps:

I opened the terminal and with nano opened the file below:

sudo nano /etc/default/speech-dispatcher

Inside the file I changed the RUN property to yes, so the file started looking like this:

# Defaults for the speech-dispatcher initscript, from speech-dispatcher

# Set to yes to start system wide Speech Dispatcher
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    I have this problem and this solution solve it. May 5, 2013 at 11:15
  • This causes boot-up process to take longer, so I prefer to see the error message than waiting more seconds on startup. Jul 1, 2013 at 5:42

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