Ubuntu “Checking Battery State” Fix

OK guys, I want to get in a quick blog before dinner. The “checking battery state” problem seems to affect a large amount of Ubuntu users, usually after an upgrade of some sort. Basically the computer boots fully but gets stuck on “checking battery state”. This happens on both desktops and laptops alike. There is many reports of this problem online (some dating back to around 2008) but few (if any) solutions.

The problem has to do with Xorg and not with some sort of “battery state” issue. I had this problem before and was forced to reformat my machine and was faced with it again last week. The fix is surprisingly simple. Press ctrl+alt+f1 to drop to a shell prompt, and type:

sudo apt-get install gdm

Problem solved.

13 thoughts on “Ubuntu “Checking Battery State” Fix

  1. Try:
    sudo apt-get remove gdm
    sudo apt-get install gdm

    You could try a purge but I am wary as to how much damage removing all the configuration files could possibly cause.

    Ubuntu needs better support for this particular issue, it seems to be plaguing a log of users.

  2. Glad to hear it worked! Such a simple fix for a rather daunting problem. What version of Ubuntu were you running.

  3. Hi all, after the last ubuntu update the default display manager seems to have switched back to the default lightdm. I’m using gdm however. With the help of other posts to find out where the problem was I ran:

    “sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm ”

    and selected gdm rather than lightdm as my display manager.


  4. I got this stuck after a X11 update,. Get ride of it by removing xorg.conf
    $ sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.old && sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    my 2cents

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