This is a wheezy install that is up to date. If I type lsusb I can see the devices plugged in via usb, but, for example, plugging in a smartphone does not open up the program picker that would allow me to choose fstop or pcmanfm (just an example). I haven't tried a printer with this laptop yet. The OS install went without a hitch, BUT I started with Squeeze and full-upgraded to wheezy. That I'm guessing is the start of my problem.
I thought it was a udev problem, but when I go to /etc/udev/ there is a 'rules.d' directory. For no particular reason I typed '# dpkg-reconfigure udev'. I got the following output:
# dpkg-reconfigure udev
[ ok ] Stopping the hotplug events dispatcher: udevd.
[ ok ] Starting the hotplug events dispatcher: udevd.
update-initramfs: deferring update (trigger activated)
Otherwise the install seems to be fine. I'm using xfce4. My kernel is from liquorix. Thanks in advance for looking at this and any help.