[plug] Problem with laptop running Ubuntu 8.10

William Kenworthy billk at iinet.net.au
Fri Feb 6 07:37:53 WST 2009

remove all power/batteries for 10 minutes or so and try booting on
battery only - Laptops arent immune to power problems unfortunately,
though you would think they should be - the power bricks themselves are
the usual problem.


On Thu, 2009-02-05 at 23:40 +0900, Bret Busby wrote:
> Hello.
> I have an HP/Compaq NX5000 running Ubuntu 8.10, in a multiple boot 
> installation. (Well, it was, when it was operating properly)
> I have just gone to look at an image that was displayed in a web 
> browser window the last time that I used the computer (a couple of days 
> ago), and the screen displays only the background, with no desktop, no 
> panel, no date/time, or anything else.
> Nothing responds on the computer; <alt><F1> to got to a console (if that 
> works in Ubuntu), <CTRL><ALT><DELETE>, and, the ON/OFF switch.
> What do I do, without destroying either the computer or the systems 
> installed, to get it working again?
> We had a power blackout here today, for about 10-30 seconds (the 
> electricity supply is damngerous in this area), but surely, the battery 
> should have taken over, without doing any damage.
> Thanks in anticipation.
> --
> Bret Busby
> Armadale
> West Australia
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