Why isn't my desktop powering off with systemctl poweroff?

What I did:

sudo -s
systemctl poweroff


"reboot: system halted"

System: armbian (debian-10-buster on orangepiplus2e) 32-bit

  • Could you explain more detail about what exactly did you do and what exactly happened? – 炸鱼薯条德里克 Aug 15 '19 at 4:48
  • What happens if you do shutdown -h now (it may be the same, it is what I do)? – ctrl-alt-delor Aug 15 '19 at 6:51
  • I amended you question to add your amendment, form your comment. You can also edit your questions. – ctrl-alt-delor Aug 18 '19 at 10:29

You have not said what hardware.

If a Raspberry Pi, then it does not have the hardware to turn off the power. It will do everything else, but can not remove the power (unless you add a power supply that can receive the message, and add the software to send it, and integrate it into the power-off software).

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  • This looks like it's the case. orangepi.org/orangepiplus2e shows the Orange Pi +2E as having what looks like a simple DC input connector for power, with no native ability to communicate with the external power supply as would pretty much be required to implement software-controlled power-off. So the problem isn't that the OS isn't using that feature; it's almost certainly that it's not even there. – user Aug 18 '19 at 10:52
  • Not the case, it is the board. It also has a power button, so I would not rule out that it has software control. However there is a strong possibility that it does not. – ctrl-alt-delor Aug 18 '19 at 15:34
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    I meant "This looks like it's the case" as in "It looks like this is the correct answer". – user Aug 18 '19 at 18:46

This is generally due to a buggy BIOS or issues with drivers.

You might try one of these :

  • updating your BIOS

  • updating your graphic card driver

  • disabling IRQs in the ACPI configuration (acpi=noirq)

  • fully disabling ACPI in the BIOS

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  • I don't have a bios. Thanks. – hddfsck777 Aug 18 '19 at 20:21

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