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Old 05-06-2005, 08:06 AM   #1
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cannot boot suse after adding linuxant hsf driver


In summary: Catch22.
Main question:
Is there a correct way to disable my conflicting hsf modem from outside Suse?
I don't like to force Suse to boot in a conflicted state.
And even if I do boot, seems hsfmodem is then always running and very resistant to being stopped.
Could I boot off Suse CD, e.g. and use rescue mode? What do I do then? Delete hsf from init.d? I don't want to do any more damage.


Details.
I tried the Linuxant hsf modem driver for my usb modem I bought by mistake.
On suse 9.1.
Used yast to mange installation, rpm.
Yast hanged. Would not close.
(Yast also lost contact with its dbase of installed packages.)

I logged out, restarted.
Suse doesn't want to start, and I know why -- Linuxant already warned me about the driver not getting along with linux's favourite sound card --AC97.
- modem-related stuff loads first, boot then hangs at AC97 module.


Luckily, after a couple of resets Suse started.
And Yast got back in touch with it's installation/package record.
I immediately asked Yast to uninstall hsfmodem package.

Same problem again:
Yast hanged. Would not close.
(Yast again lost contact with its dbase of installed packages.)

I tried to learn something, used "top" and "ps" and "kill" on running processes except X and something like kdeinit): Yast was still hanging.

I switched user, to root, but couldn't kill modem-related processes - either because I didn't have permission or because they were in use.
I tried the recommended module stopping command from Linuxant, something like "hsfstop", but I got the message that it was in use.
Yast was still hanging at this time.

I tried to run rpm -e in the ways recommended by Linuxant, but that was also no good - can't remember exactly why.
Yast was still hanging at this time.

I booted up Morphix, went off to Suse's init.d, hoping to delete hsf from there --so the module would not load when Suse boots.
But I don't have permission to do that, not being the owner any more.

I know it doesn't sound like much, but I have spent about 24 hours on this. (Includes much bewilderment time.)
 
Old 07-25-2005, 09:26 PM   #2
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Boot up with a bood cd, and then chroot into your suse environment and you should be able to make any changes you need. You might want to consider adding the offending module to the /etc/hotplug/blacklist file
 
Old 07-25-2005, 09:55 PM   #3
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Hi rebel,
Thanks for the reply.
Good tip: I didn't notice there was a blacklist.
I ended up manually removing every file I could find that related to the modem or the driver.
Also went out and got a used Rockwell external modem for $20 -- functions perfectly with generic drivers.
Who would be silly enough to try to use a usb modem anyway?
 
Old 07-26-2005, 12:56 AM   #4
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Preach on! The best linux decision I ever made was to get an external modem.
 
  


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