Power up problem

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Dan Healy

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Aug 2, 2014, 8:41:45 AM8/2/14
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I turned on my machine this morning and nothing happened.  The screen was black for several minutes.  I turned the power off for a few minutes and then back on. 

This time I got a black screen with the following messages in white:

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GNU GRUB version 1.99-21ubuntu3.15

Ubuntu, with Linux 3.13.0-32-generic

Ubuntu, with Linux 3.13.0-32-generic (recovery mode)

Memory test (memtest86+)

Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)
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There was also instructions to use the arrow keys to select the item from the above menu and press Enter to execute.

I selected the first one, "Ubuntu with Linux 3.13.0-32-generic"

This time the system came up as expected.

The attached screenshot gives the system details.

Any ideas on what the problem is and what I should do about it?

Thanks, Dan H
Screenshot from 2014-08-02 07:30:42.png

Jonny Nguyen

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Aug 2, 2014, 11:08:53 AM8/2/14
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Sounds like you had a power outage when the computer was still on.
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Matthew Curry

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Aug 2, 2014, 11:12:07 AM8/2/14
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Do you have it set to start up after power loss?  Also, does dmesg show anything, and hwats the uptime?

Dan Healy

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Aug 2, 2014, 11:39:56 AM8/2/14
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We might have had a power outage overnight and I often leave the computer on overnight.

As far as I know it is not set to start up after poser loss.  I don't know how to do that.

How do I see dmesg and determine the uptime?

Also, thank for the quick answers.  Dan H

Matthew Curry

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Aug 2, 2014, 12:07:24 PM8/2/14
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Could have also been a bunch of updates waiting for a restart for the new kernel to be in use.  Btw guys, long time no see... im in TN now on a job.  Check me out at mattcurry.com where I teach enterprise linux hardware and networking.  Its all free.  I am putting together an enterprise grade lab as well its about 1/2 done.  If you guys or anyone you know wants to join its all free and volunteer.   Info is at mattcurry.com under linux learning.   Everyone have a good one.  And feel free to contact me directly at ma...@mattcurry.com via email or Google hangouts.

Have a good one.
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Matt

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Matthew Curry

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Aug 2, 2014, 12:09:29 PM8/2/14
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The commands are the same as the names in this case.
For dmesg just type dmesg in a shell, ans the same for uptime, just type uptime.  If time allows I am happy to do a screen share and show you.

Matthew Curry

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Aug 2, 2014, 12:22:08 PM8/2/14
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Also, it looks like you are on a very old version.   Which is ok because its an LTS or long term support.  However,  the more recent LTS actually os supposed to have an even longer support window.  Although peope are leaving Ubuntu in mass for their bad decisions,  and shady business practices.  The distribution is still a good one as long as you remove unity, and/or dont care about canonicals dragnet data mining.  These are easily removed.  Personally I prefer to use Manjaro or Antegos for my new users or if they are wanting to live in an enterprise environment on a desktop server its scientific linux or centos. Leaning away from centos since they were acquired by redhat.

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