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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:50 pm    Post subject: Shutdown and bootup woes Reply with quote

The old Dell pc I got given has a flaw. Every 3rd or 4th shutdown fails to do so. Even alt+sysrq+REISUB fails to work. I have to do a hard shutdown.

The next bootup usually fails. It takes longer than normal to boot and fails to allow access to the keyboard and mouse. I have to pull out the power cable and wait for 30 seconds. Any idea why?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a wild stab in the dark. I'd say hardware issues. Although I suspect we will need a little more info.

what do you mean by " fails to shutdown"? is it simply not powering off or is it locking up in some way?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll take a picture next time it fails and post it.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has it been overclocked? Go into the BIOS and reset it to safe values, then work from there.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There should be a boot log left over from the last boot check the logs directory under /var.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The last shutdown was successful and the boot record shows all OK. I'm guessing it overwrites it each time? If so, I'll have to wait for the next crappy shutdown. Confused
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