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I don't even get an error message, nor does anything freeze. All I can do is press Escape to get out of the Shutdown dialog and use VMware Player to forcably shut down Ubuntu.

When I use sudo shutdown now, the Ubuntu closing splash screen displays, then freezes, still requiring me to manually shutdown using VMware controls.

Specs:

  • Ubuntu 12.04
  • VMware Player 5.0.0
  • Windows 7 Professional x64
  • MacBook Pro 2009

I also posted this on the Ubuntu Forums.

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What happens when you run sudo shutdown now from a terminal screen? –  user3463 Sep 19 '12 at 0:03
    
@RandolphWest, the system stops at the shutdown splash screen, so I still have to press the VMware power off button. –  mcandre Sep 19 '12 at 20:21
    
Did you ever discover how to do a clean shutdown as I'm having this same issue now running the latest version of Ubuntu in VMWare on Windows 7? –  Alasdair May 25 '13 at 14:59

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