[ubuntu] Log Shutdown Messages

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http://ubuntuforums.org – My Compaq Presario 2100 will not shutdown, restart, suspend, or hibernate correctly. When I attempt a shutdown or restart, it hangs with a message to the effect of Shutting Down Now, but it never powers off. I would like to be able to log these messages and present them on this web site for help, but I know of no way to log shutdown messages. I just see them on the screen, but I have no way to record them (unless I would manually copy them to paper, and retype them into the computer). Is there some method to log shutdown messages, and if so, what is it? Thank you (Hardware)