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I've got a Dell Optiplex GX240 I am running CentOS 5.4
(kernel 2.6.18-164.9.1.el5.centos.plus)... When I had Fedora 11 and 12 on
it, I could issue a poweroff command and the machine would power itself off.
However, under CentOS it doesn't turn the machine off whatsoever. When it
completes, the machine is still running with a message of "system halted."
Then I have to physically hit the power button to turn it off... I
believe at some point I did try to issue a shutdown command - but had the
same results...

Anyone have any recommendations or suggestions?

Thanks ahead of time :)


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  • Eero Volotinen at Jan 4, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    On 1/4/10 10:57 PM, Scot P. Floess wrote:
    I've got a Dell Optiplex GX240 I am running CentOS 5.4
    (kernel 2.6.18-164.9.1.el5.centos.plus)... When I had Fedora 11 and 12 on
    it, I could issue a poweroff command and the machine would power itself off.
    However, under CentOS it doesn't turn the machine off whatsoever. When it
    completes, the machine is still running with a message of "system halted."
    Then I have to physically hit the power button to turn it off... I
    believe at some point I did try to issue a shutdown command - but had the
    same results...

    Anyone have any recommendations or suggestions?
    buggy acpi support on server? Try updating to latest bios?

    --
    Eero
  • Scot P. Floess at Jan 4, 2010 at 9:05 pm
    I may do that... However, being that it works in Fedora - was hoping
    maybe it was something else :)
    On Mon, 4 Jan 2010, Eero Volotinen wrote:
    On 1/4/10 10:57 PM, Scot P. Floess wrote:
    I've got a Dell Optiplex GX240 I am running CentOS 5.4
    (kernel 2.6.18-164.9.1.el5.centos.plus)... When I had Fedora 11 and 12 on
    it, I could issue a poweroff command and the machine would power itself off.
    However, under CentOS it doesn't turn the machine off whatsoever. When it
    completes, the machine is still running with a message of "system halted."
    Then I have to physically hit the power button to turn it off... I
    believe at some point I did try to issue a shutdown command - but had the
    same results...

    Anyone have any recommendations or suggestions?
    buggy acpi support on server? Try updating to latest bios?

    --
    Eero
    _______________________________________________
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    CentOS at centos.org
    http://lists.centos.org/mailman/listinfo/centos
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    27 Lake Royale
    Louisburg, NC 27549

    252-478-8087 (Home)
    919-890-8117 (Work)

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  • Eero Volotinen at Jan 4, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    On 1/4/10 11:05 PM, Scot P. Floess wrote:
    I may do that... However, being that it works in Fedora - was hoping
    maybe it was something else :)
    Maybe fedora has some patches to workaround it.

    --
    Eero
  • Michael Klinosky at Feb 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Eero Volotinen wrote:
    On 1/4/10 10:57 PM, Scot P. Floess wrote:
    I've got a Dell Optiplex GX240 I am running CentOS 5.4
    (kernel 2.6.18-164.9.1.el5.centos.plus)... When I had Fedora 11 and 12 on
    it, I could issue a poweroff command and the machine would power itself off.
    However, under CentOS it doesn't turn the machine off whatsoever. When it
    completes, the machine is still running with a message of "system halted."
    Then I have to physically hit the power button to turn it off... I
    believe at some point I did try to issue a shutdown command - but had the
    same results...

    Anyone have any recommendations or suggestions?
    buggy acpi support on server? Try updating to latest bios?
    No, I'm not the OP. But, I found a solution for my system.

    During boot, I noticed an error line --
    "BIOS fails cutoff age - ACPI might not work. Use acpi=force to fix."

    So I did; the machine now actually turns off after shutdown.
  • Scot P. Floess at Feb 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm
    Neat - I'll give that a try. The machine is running Fedora right
    now...but maybe I'll reinstall CentOS :)
    On Sun, 28 Feb 2010, Michael Klinosky wrote:

    Eero Volotinen wrote:
    On 1/4/10 10:57 PM, Scot P. Floess wrote:
    I've got a Dell Optiplex GX240 I am running CentOS 5.4
    (kernel 2.6.18-164.9.1.el5.centos.plus)... When I had Fedora 11 and 12 on
    it, I could issue a poweroff command and the machine would power itself off.
    However, under CentOS it doesn't turn the machine off whatsoever. When it
    completes, the machine is still running with a message of "system halted."
    Then I have to physically hit the power button to turn it off... I
    believe at some point I did try to issue a shutdown command - but had the
    same results...

    Anyone have any recommendations or suggestions?
    buggy acpi support on server? Try updating to latest bios?
    No, I'm not the OP. But, I found a solution for my system.

    During boot, I noticed an error line --
    "BIOS fails cutoff age - ACPI might not work. Use acpi=force to fix."

    So I did; the machine now actually turns off after shutdown.

    _______________________________________________
    CentOS mailing list
    CentOS at centos.org
    http://lists.centos.org/mailman/listinfo/centos
    --
    Scot P. Floess
    27 Lake Royale
    Louisburg, NC 27549

    252-478-8087 (Home)
    919-890-8117 (Work)

    Chief Architect JPlate http://sourceforge.net/projects/jplate
    Chief Architect JavaPIM http://sourceforge.net/projects/javapim

    Architect Keros http://sourceforge.net/projects/keros
  • Ken at Mar 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    On 02/28/2010 05:25 PM Michael Klinosky wrote:
    Eero Volotinen wrote:
    On 1/4/10 10:57 PM, Scot P. Floess wrote:
    ... When I had Fedora 11 and 12 on
    it, I could issue a poweroff command and the machine would power itself off.
    However, under CentOS it doesn't turn the machine off whatsoever. When it
    completes, the machine is still running with a message of "system halted."
    Then I have to physically hit the power button to turn it off... I
    believe at some point I did try to issue a shutdown command - but had the
    same results...
    No, I'm not the OP. But, I found a solution for my system.

    During boot, I noticed an error line --
    "BIOS fails cutoff age - ACPI might not work. Use acpi=force to fix."

    So I did; the machine now actually turns off after shutdown.
    Great work, Michael! Where did you insert/type in "acpi=force"?
  • Michael Klinosky at Mar 1, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    ken wrote:
    No, I'm not the OP. But, I found a solution for my system.

    During boot, I noticed an error line --
    "BIOS fails cutoff age - ACPI might not work. Use acpi=force to fix."

    So I did; the machine now actually turns off after shutdown.
    Great work, Michael! Where did you insert/type in "acpi=force"?
    In /boot/grub/grub.conf, there is a line (there may be more) that begins
    with 'kernel' - put it at the end of that line.
  • Scot P. Floess at Jun 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm
    Finally moved that machine over to CentOS 5.5 - and tried the
    acpi=force....

    It worked!

    Thanks again - that is awesome!!!!
    On Mon, 1 Mar 2010, Michael Klinosky wrote:

    ken wrote:
    No, I'm not the OP. But, I found a solution for my system.

    During boot, I noticed an error line --
    "BIOS fails cutoff age - ACPI might not work. Use acpi=force to fix."

    So I did; the machine now actually turns off after shutdown.
    Great work, Michael! Where did you insert/type in "acpi=force"?
    In /boot/grub/grub.conf, there is a line (there may be more) that begins
    with 'kernel' - put it at the end of that line.

    _______________________________________________
    CentOS mailing list
    CentOS at centos.org
    http://lists.centos.org/mailman/listinfo/centos
    --
    Scot P. Floess
    27 Lake Royale
    Louisburg, NC 27549

    252-478-8087 (Home)
    919-890-8117 (Work)

    Chief Architect JPlate http://sourceforge.net/projects/jplate
    Chief Architect JavaPIM http://sourceforge.net/projects/javapim

    Architect Keros http://sourceforge.net/projects/keros
  • Mark Roth at Jan 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I've got a Dell Optiplex GX240 I am running CentOS 5.4
    (kernel 2.6.18-164.9.1.el5.centos.plus)... When I had Fedora 11 and 12 on
    it, I could issue a poweroff command and the machine would power itself
    off.
    However, under CentOS it doesn't turn the machine off whatsoever. When it
    completes, the machine is still running with a message of "system halted."
    Then I have to physically hit the power button to turn it off... I
    believe at some point I did try to issue a shutdown command - but had the
    same results...

    Anyone have any recommendations or suggestions?
    Must be the Optiplex - Thursday afternoon, we just did poweroffs on well
    over 100 servers (HVAC maintenance this past Sat!), and it worked just
    fine.

    mark
  • Scot P. Floess at Jan 5, 2010 at 12:20 am
    Yes, it is just the Opiplex. I've got an AMD Compaq Presario, Dell
    Poweredge SC430 and 4400 as well as a crappy ol' Latitude laptop - all
    running CentOS...poweroff works fine on them all :) Its not a big deal -
    just annoying :)
    On Mon, 4 Jan 2010, m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:

    I've got a Dell Optiplex GX240 I am running CentOS 5.4
    (kernel 2.6.18-164.9.1.el5.centos.plus)... When I had Fedora 11 and 12 on
    it, I could issue a poweroff command and the machine would power itself
    off.
    However, under CentOS it doesn't turn the machine off whatsoever. When it
    completes, the machine is still running with a message of "system halted."
    Then I have to physically hit the power button to turn it off... I
    believe at some point I did try to issue a shutdown command - but had the
    same results...

    Anyone have any recommendations or suggestions?
    Must be the Optiplex - Thursday afternoon, we just did poweroffs on well
    over 100 servers (HVAC maintenance this past Sat!), and it worked just
    fine.

    mark

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    27 Lake Royale
    Louisburg, NC 27549

    252-478-8087 (Home)
    919-890-8117 (Work)

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    Chief Architect JavaPIM http://sourceforge.net/projects/javapim

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  • Michael Klinosky at Jan 5, 2010 at 12:36 am

    m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
    Must be the Optiplex - Thursday afternoon, we just did poweroffs on well
    over 100 servers (HVAC maintenance this past Sat!), and it worked just
    fine.
    I have the same issue with one of my boxes. 'Shutdown' will get to the
    point of actually powering down, but just sit at 'System halted'.

    Here are the specs:
    mb: Gigabyte GA-7ZX rev 1.0
    cs: VIA KT133/686A
    cpu: AMD Athlon 1.33 GHz
    socket: A/462
    os: CentOS 5.3
    RAM: 384 MB
    video: GeForce4 MX440

    I recently bought it (used), and this is the only OS I've used on it
    (not even a previous CentOS).

    What can I check? (logs? ...) What should I look for?
  • Mark Roth at Jan 5, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Michael Klinosky wrote:
    m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
    Must be the Optiplex - Thursday afternoon, we just did poweroffs on well
    over 100 servers (HVAC maintenance this past Sat!), and it worked just
    fine.
    I have the same issue with one of my boxes. 'Shutdown' will get to the
    point of actually powering down, but just sit at 'System halted'.
    Use either poweroff or shutdown -h

    mark
  • Scot P. Floess at Jan 5, 2010 at 2:09 pm
    I tried both - same result :(
    On Mon, 4 Jan 2010, mark wrote:

    Michael Klinosky wrote:
    m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
    Must be the Optiplex - Thursday afternoon, we just did poweroffs on well
    over 100 servers (HVAC maintenance this past Sat!), and it worked just
    fine.
    I have the same issue with one of my boxes. 'Shutdown' will get to the
    point of actually powering down, but just sit at 'System halted'.
    Use either poweroff or shutdown -h

    mark
    _______________________________________________
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    http://lists.centos.org/mailman/listinfo/centos
    Scot P. Floess
    27 Lake Royale
    Louisburg, NC 27549

    252-478-8087 (Home)
    919-890-8117 (Work)

    Chief Architect JPlate http://sourceforge.net/projects/jplate
    Chief Architect JavaPIM http://sourceforge.net/projects/javapim

    Architect Keros http://sourceforge.net/projects/keros
  • Mark Roth at Jan 5, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Scott wrote:
    On Mon, 4 Jan 2010, mark wrote:
    Michael Klinosky wrote:
    m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
    Must be the Optiplex - Thursday afternoon, we just did poweroffs on
    well
    over 100 servers (HVAC maintenance this past Sat!), and it worked just
    fine.
    I have the same issue with one of my boxes. 'Shutdown' will get to the
    point of actually powering down, but just sit at 'System halted'.
    Use either poweroff or shutdown -h
    I tried both - same result :(
    At that point I wonder about a bios setting.

    mark, not top posting
  • Scot P. Floess at Jan 5, 2010 at 5:00 pm
    So, the bios is the latest offered by Dell... I tried different power
    settings - the result is the same. It does poweroff under Fedora as
    expected :(
    On Tue, 5 Jan 2010, m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:

    Scott wrote:
    On Mon, 4 Jan 2010, mark wrote:
    Michael Klinosky wrote:
    m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
    Must be the Optiplex - Thursday afternoon, we just did poweroffs on
    well
    over 100 servers (HVAC maintenance this past Sat!), and it worked just
    fine.
    I have the same issue with one of my boxes. 'Shutdown' will get to the
    point of actually powering down, but just sit at 'System halted'.
    Use either poweroff or shutdown -h
    I tried both - same result :(
    At that point I wonder about a bios setting.

    mark, not top posting

    _______________________________________________
    CentOS mailing list
    CentOS at centos.org
    http://lists.centos.org/mailman/listinfo/centos
    Scot P. Floess
    27 Lake Royale
    Louisburg, NC 27549

    252-478-8087 (Home)
    919-890-8117 (Work)

    Chief Architect JPlate http://sourceforge.net/projects/jplate
    Chief Architect JavaPIM http://sourceforge.net/projects/javapim

    Architect Keros http://sourceforge.net/projects/keros

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