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Picked up a G4 PB last Nov. Been great, but having a little problem.

I am unable to shutdown through the OS. When I hit the power button nothing happens, no menu asking to shutdown or sleep. When I select shutdown from the apple menu nothing happens. Even after a software update and selecting shutdown from there nothing happens.

I can shutdown by holding down the power button, but I am under the assumption that it is not the best thing for my beloved machine.

Anyone have any ideas?
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What happens when you open up ther terminal window and execute the following command.

sudo shutdown

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It asks for my password and after putting that in I get this.

"usage: shutdown [-] [-h | -p | -r | -k] [-o [-n]] time [warning-message ...]"
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Sorry forgot to give you the options.

sudo shutdown -h now

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Thanks for that command line, it got it to shutdown. Still a little new to the terminal, but do know a lil bit.

Any ideas on what may have caused this inability to shutdown threw the GUI?
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The next thing I would do is to use the disk utility application and repair permissions.

We now know that the shutdown command is not corrupted.

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Have tried that already, a couple of times since this started. (Can you repair permissions too much? I don't think so, but thought I should ask.)
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I have no clue, what is going on. If you have AppleCare, I would call Apple and see what they suggest. If you don't then I would make a back up of the system. Then do a clean install.

Hopefully someone else will come along, with a suggestion.

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Maybe the actual NIB file is broken, thus making the actual GUI button useless...

I try to Command+Shift+/ when I can.
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I have yet to purchase Applecare, but I still have 4 months.

I need to take it to an apple store anyway to get a key replaced. Let me say I am very nervous when my wife uses this machine now.

After I get a reason/solution from Apple I will post it if anyone is still interested.

Thanks for all the help so far (especially from rman). This is a great community and have learned a ton in the few months I have been coming.
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you also have the option of using the short cut keys to shut down your Mac.

command, control and option/alt three fingers on your left hand and with your right hit the eject button. voila. nifty system shutdown
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you dont want to be screwing around with permissions. But depends what folders you are giving permissions to. not 100% sure but I think most folders are set to a symbolic value of 744. Wow it's amazing how much I forgot unix.
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