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Old 01-24-2007, 11:47 AM   #1
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USB not working after dist-upgrade to etch

OK, A while back, I ran apt-get dist-upgrade, before doing the massive update, everything was running great, USB, Hal, Udev, all worked. Now, after dist-upgrade, USB, Hal, and Udev, do not want to work. I was at a point to where I could insert a CD, and it would mount, and open up nautilus to /media/cdrom, but in my search of getting USB working, I may have killed that.

Right now, automounting, and whatnot, is really not all that important. USB devices are though.
I have a 64mb USB flash drive, that I use quite often, and now I can only use it in windows, which I despise quite greatly.

Checking lsmod, and as far as I can tell, every module related to USB is loaded.
Here is the output of lsmod | grep usb
usb_storage            48320  0 
libusual               15504  1 usb_storage
usbhid                 35424  0 
usbkbd                  6144  0 
usbmouse                4864  0 
scsi_mod              122636  4 usb_storage,sg,sd_mod,sr_mod
usbcore               126340  5 usb_storage,libusual,usbhid,usbkbd,usbmouse
ide_core               96904  29 usb_storage,ide_cd,ide_disk,ide_generic,via82cxxx,trm290,triflex,slc90e66,sis5513,siimage,serverworks,sc1200,rz1000,piix,pdc202xx_old,pdc202xx_new,opti621,ns87415,hpt366,hpt34x,generic,cy82c693,cs5530,cs5520,cmd64x,atiixp,amd74xx,alim15x3,aec62xx
Before and after plugging in my USB flash drive, I check dmesg | tail -n3, and it's exactly the same.

Here is the output of dmesg | tail -n17 after I, unloaded, and reloaded usbhid, and usb_storage
eth0: no IPv6 routers present
loop: loaded (max 8 devices)
Adding 262124k swap on /media/truecrypt/swapfile.  Priority:-2 extents:4 across:1046504k
Adding 240308k swap on /media/truecrypt/swapfile2.  Priority:-3 extents:1 across:240308k
eth0: Setting full-duplex based on MII#1 link partner capability of 01e1.
eth0: no IPv6 routers present
eth0: Setting full-duplex based on MII#1 link partner capability of 01e1.
eth0: no IPv6 routers present
usbcore: registered new interface driver hiddev
usbcore: registered new interface driver usbhid
drivers/usb/input/hid-core.c: v2.6:USB HID core driver
usbcore: deregistering interface driver usb-storage
usbcore: deregistering interface driver libusual
usbcore: registered new interface driver libusual
Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
usbcore: registered new interface driver usb-storage
USB Mass Storage support registered.

This is all puzzling me, and I am now ready to kill...
Does anyone have any information, suggestions, whatever, that may help me in getting USB working?

I am running the kernel.
Old 01-24-2007, 12:12 PM   #2
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I am running the kernel.
You certainly didn't get that from Etch. My first suspicion would be that the kernel is somehow lacking recognition capacity for usb devices, since on a stock install of Etch, that function is rock solid.

You might try $ apt-cache search usb --names-only and see if you can identify any apps that are missing. Also "gnome-mount" fixes some similar issues. I'm not sure if it's in Etch, tho. It may be only in Sid.
Old 01-24-2007, 12:43 PM   #3
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No, I compiled the kernel myself before running dist-upgrade.

I installed a few USB things, as well as "gnome-mount" but it doesn't fix anything.

I am about to download, and install the linux-kernel-2.6.18-3, and header files with Synaptic, run that kernel, and see if USB works.

I'll check back here in a few hours, when the download is done. (I'm on dial up...-_-)
Old 01-24-2007, 07:11 PM   #4
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New kernel, and kernel headers are now installed, and running, and USB is working!
I really don't know why USB would not work, since USB drivers, and whatnot where all well as loaded.


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