I have just installed Ubuntu 12.04LTS on my old laptop, Dual boot with Windows XP.
Laptop specs: Gateway MX6128, 2GB Ram, 32 bit
I am completely NEW to Linux... never used it in my life but giving it a shot. I know how to pull up the terminal and copy commands from this help page. That's about it.
I have two problems... 1) I can't see any wireless networks and 2) shutdown and restart do not finish. I'll put the more complicated wireless problem in another question, so lets start with the shutdown problem.
When I select shutdown from the menu bar, it goes to the ubuntu splash screen and just sits there with the 5 dots changing from orange to white. It never shuts down. I've left it all night like that and it still doesn't shut down. I have to hold down the power button to power off. The problem is identical if I ask it to shut down or restart.
I read in another post about hitting esc to see the messages so I did it and something looks suspicious:
could not write bytes: Broken pipe [OK] saned disabled; edit /ect/default/saned * Checking battery state... Broadcast message from root@gateway-laptop (unknown) at 0:03... The system is going down for halt NOW! acpid: exiting Checking for running unattended-upgrades: speech-dispatcher disabled; edit /etc/default/speech-dispatcher * Stopping Network connection manager wicd [OK] * Asking all remaining processes to terminate... [OK] * Killing all remaining processes... [fail] modem-manager:<info> Caught signal 15, shutting down... * Deconfiguring network interfaces... [OK] * Deactivating swap... [OK] umount: /run/lock: not mounted umount: /run/shm: not mounted mount: / is busy * Will now halt
Any ideas on what I should do?