Today I was on my way home. I entered the train at 21:00, and wanted to restart my computer from Windows to Ubuntu. It then started updating:
Keep your PC plugged in until this is done Installing update 1 of 1
I waited, then waited. Then waited more. 30 minutes later, obviously with no work done, my train arrived. I was afraid to close the screen, so I walked 30 minutes home, yes, with the screen open. Then put it on my table, and started killing time.
It was never frozen. The mouse was reacting, and the small dotty circle was "spinning". There was not a single glimpse of light from the hard drive activity diode.
At 22:15, ie after 1 hour and 15 minutes, I saw a change. It was now configuring, which was soon over.
Is it normal that one such update takes that long? My laptop is only half a year old, with an Intel Core™ i3 3217U processor.
Was it actually trying to download something, or at least needing access to the Internet, which was not available on the train? Perhaps it finished because I got home and it got access to the WiFi.
Can I get any additional information about the update, when it's being installed? I remember vaguely that in the old days with Windows 95, it was possible to press the Windows button during installation of the OS, and then see more details about the installation. Likewise I tried a lot of key combinations today on the train, hoping for additional information, but nothing I tried had any effect. Any kind of information suggesting that something is happening would have been nice. It would also be nice to have a name of the update, then I could Google for that and see if it is actually supposed to take an hour.
What would have happened if I had closed the screen?
What would have happened if I had given it a hard reboot, or if it had run out of power?
What is actually going on during the update, when the hard drive seems to be doing nothing.
Looking forward to your input :)