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This is a strange problem and I am not sure why it happens.
I have a Shuttle XPC Nforce 2 system with a AMD Athlon XP processor. I am running suse9.0.
I have a Lexmark p1350 all-in-one printer scanner.
Now, I have managed to get the printer and the multimedia card reader working , but so far I have had no luck with the scanner. However, ever since I have tried getting the scanner to work I have noticed a pause when I boot the computer.
Normally when I boot the computer, the BIOS screen appears and alomost instantly the memmory check appears, followed by the bios probing the floppy drive and the DVD drive. However, if I have my printer connected via the USB cable, there is a pause between when I switch the computer on and when the memory check appears. This happens even if the printer is switched off (but still plugger into the mains electricity).
Now, if I remove the USB cable from my coputer, the pause does not happen.
This has happened to me twice:
During the first time, I just ignored it and eventually my computer would not boot Linux correctly and I was booted into an emergency mode. I had to run fsck to repair my reiser file system. Once I had done this, my computer booted normally.
Now I am experiencing the same problem: when I first noticed, I ran fsck to repair my file system and it went away. tonight when I boot my computer, it appeared again.
Hopefully, someone can shed light on this problem as I cannot understand why it could be happening. I would like to get to the bottom of it rather than having to chalk it up to the bloody hard disk pixies!!!!