pc wont go to Desktop at first turn on

Discussion in 'Computing and Networks' started by frank55, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. frank55

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    Hi guys;i have an old P4 with Xubuntu 14.04 installed and lately it wont go to Desktop it stays on a black screen at first turn on, i have to turn off power then turn on power a second time then it boots to Desktop,beside that it runs fine,Any help will be apreciated
     
  2. joeyd999

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    There was a bug that would prevent booting properly if a usb mouse (or other device?) was connected on some hardware. Disconnect all your USB peripherals and try again. If the problem goes away, do a apt-get update/apt-get dist-upgrade to fix it.

    Edit: Regardless, when you do get it to boot, do a dist-upgrade immediately. This may fix the problem if it was reported.
     
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  3. adam555

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    This happens some times when the battery that stores the bios is gone.

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    Edit: actually, my bedroom computer (an old Win XP) began to do it a couple of months ago and didn't have the time to buy a new one.
     
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  4. frank55

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    Thanks: i checked the battery it's good
     
  5. adam555

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    Just took mine off, now that you reminded me, and it's definitely low; but still has some juice to turn on the computer when I switch it on twice like you.
     
  6. frank55

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    Thanks joeyd999; i think your right, i had this USB extender cable since the USB ports on the back and one on the front are not easy access so i took off and turned pc off and on a few times and it boots ok,thanks for the tip.
     
  7. atferrari

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    Last night I dared to disassemble a Compaq mini CQ10 and change the (gone) battery. No more staying there "thinking". Now it boots OK.
     
  8. adam555

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    Some of the older ones came with rechargeable batteries instead of button cells, and these rarely needed to be replaced. The other day I completely dismantled my very first PC -a 25 year old Commodore PC10- and the rechargeable battery was still good enough to be reused.
     
  9. frank55

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    Thanks everybody for pointing out good tips solutions for these troubles,very good forum this is ,thanks.
     
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