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I have freshly installed Ubuntu 14.04 onto an Asus X554S laptop. When I click the restart of shutdown button, it starts shutting down, but after a bit of loading (showing that purple loading screen) it just simply stops and never finishes shutting down. I have to manually turn the computer off, after which if I want to turn it on again, it doesn't reboot, only if I repeat the process (turn off then on) once more.

I have tried the following:

  • GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi=force" (no result)
  • GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi=off" (no result)
  • removed the quiet splash part so I could see what's happening (I'm not sure if I did that right), but the plymouth screen still appeared (before anyone asks, I did update-grub after each attempt)
  • blacklist wistron_btns (no result)
  • sudo poweroff (yields the same result; well, more bulbs light up on the plymouth screen, but I don't think that's progress)
  • Cairo Dock is not installed (I remember it used to cause similar problems for some people)
  • connects to wireless network perfectly and has internet access (so my guess is it's not a network issue, although I could be wrong)
  • I have had no graphic issues until I removed "quiet splash" from GRUB, then upon booting it showed text, but the numbers and letters were unintelligible (maybe an issue with the Nvidia driver?)

What else can I do?

EDIT: In the process, for reasons beyond my comprehension, the touchpad stopped working. Now neither xinput --list nor cat /proc/bus/input/devices shows any signs of it. I did install a pack of updates recommended by the system, though (which might have solved my initial problem without my knowing, see below).

Nevertheless, I did update my nvidia driver using sudo apt install nvidia-340 -y, after which it did shut down properly. Restarting the machine, however, proved troublesome, as bbswitch found no discrete VGA device. Not even my mouse was usable. So, I used sudo apt purge nvidia*, after which my computer did reboot. I tried nvidia-352 just to see what happens, but the results were the same: successful shutdown, no discrete VGA device. So I purged that as well.

Now the situation is rather peculiar as I find no graphical errors, the system shuts down and powers off properly, yet my touchpad is still undetected. I guess that deserves a question of its own. I'll still leave this one unsolved for now until I'm absolutely sure the problem doesn't creep back in somehow.

  • I had the same problem with 16.04. Try installing Nvidia driver. It solved my problem. – Dante Aug 10 '16 at 16:54
  • Tried that; edited post with results. – Sándor Gebei Aug 11 '16 at 10:59
  • I cannot find your laptop in Asus website, but if it is new (or even it is not), maybe there is a problem with BIOS. Try update it and set it to default. In addition why don't you try installing 16.04 and see what happens? – Dante Aug 11 '16 at 17:38
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That's very odd. I've heard about this issue before, but assumed it was fixed in the newer versions of Ubuntu.

Can you give the following command a shot and let me know what happens?

sudo init 0

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