I’ve seen other threads about shutdown problems, and none of the solutions I’ve seen suggested have worked for me. I’ve tried “/sbin/shutdown -h -P now”. I’ve tried “/sbin/shutdown -H -P now”, which “man shutdown” suggests may be the correct version. I’ve tried switching to systemv. Still, when I shutdown the system, or try to, I end up with computer and monitor still powered, with the last line on the monitor saying “system halted” or “powering down,” depending on which version of the command was used. (“Powering down” may not be the exact quote; it’s from memory.)
I feel like it’s 1995! All I need to make the experience complete is a message stating, “It is now safe to turn off your computer.”
I assume this has to be related to my hardware, since the solutions that appear to have worked for others aren’t working for me. More specifically, I suspect it’s related to the inability to boot OpenSUSE 12.1 32 (either the DVD or the installed configuration) on this machine unless I use the “acpi=off” option. Otherwise, the boot process stalls at the line “:nodes with udev”.
The computer is about six years old, and wasn’t exactly a powerhouse when new. It’s an emachines T5212, with Pentium D 805 processor (2.66 GHz) and ATI Radeo Xpress 200 video, 2 GB RAM installed.
In the past, this machine has run OpenSUSE 10.3, several variants of Ubuntu, several versions of Puppy Linux, and the proprietary OS that came installed on it (which it still dual boots). There have probably been a few other distros running on live CDs as well, but I don’t recall the details. Until now, getting the machine to power off at shutdown has never been a problem.
Obviously, it can be done, and I feel certain that OpenSUSE 12.1 can do, if I can simply determine what I need to reconfigure. But at the moment, I’m at my wit’s end. I’ve tried everything I can think of (not much) and all the suggestions I’ve found with a lot of searching. If anyone can point me in the direction of information I’ve missed or overlooked, I will be very appreciative.
And I’ll be happy to provide more information about my hardware, if anyone wants it. I’m just reluctant to start slinging miscellaneous and probably irrelevant data.
For what it’s worth, my experience is that acpi simply will not start with systemv, neither from the command line nor from Yast. The /proc/acpi directory is missing. Now that I’m back with systemd, acpi does run, but I wonder if it’s doing anything.
As is probably obvious, I have some Linux experience, but what I know is insignificant compared to what I don’t know! I’m not afraid of the command line, but sometimes I’m wary.
Thanks for any genuine suggestions!