I installed the 'new' Ubuntu 13.10, and it won't shutdown/restart from the menu. When pressing any of those buttons, Ubuntu will close some programs and then do nothing.

The only way that I've to shutdown/restart my PC is by blocking it, then moving the mouse so the black screen goes away, then changing user, and finally shutdown/restart from the login screen.

Anyway that I can fix this?


  • What does the do nothing mean? Does the graphics stay? Does it show a purple screen only? Does some messages come up? And sorry but I don't know this slang term: blocking the PC, what does that mean? – falconer Dec 17 '13 at 17:30

Try to shutdown from the terminal,

sudo shutdown -P now
  • I tried this before, it closed X and turned into a buggy terminal. I had to manually shutdown the PC from the case. – user2077474 Dec 17 '13 at 17:16
  • manually shutdown the pc means. – Avinash Raj Dec 17 '13 at 17:17
  • Long pressing the start button from the case until it shut it down, there was no other way. – user2077474 Dec 17 '13 at 17:19
  • did buggy terminal means virtual console? – Avinash Raj Dec 17 '13 at 17:20
  • I don't know what you mean by a virtual console, but it was a console, the thing is that I couldn't do anything in there. – user2077474 Dec 17 '13 at 17:21

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