I'm running SuSE 9.0 on an Athlon 2000+, dual boot with Win 2000. Sometimes when I switch on the machine or when I restart the computer (doesn't matter whether I restart it from Linux or from Windows) the Linux boot process stalls shortly before the end, right after the system console font gets loaded. During a normal boot process the three next lines are:
Starting hardware scan on bootStarting CRON daemon done
Starting Name Service Cache Daemon done
After that gdm starts. And yes, the hardware scan and CRON daemon lines always are on the same line, which offsets the 'done' results by a line.
Sometimes part of the first line quoted does appear, sometimes even the whole line with one 'done' result, but most often these lines do not appear. Sometimes the system takes a while then goes on (when this happens I can change caps lock or num lock state on the keyboard, so I know the system is still doing something), but usually there is no response anymore, and I have to hard reset.
I suppose that something is going wrong with the hardware scan, but the question is, how can I find out what it is? Is there a log file somewhere which could give me a hint as to what part of the scan did not work out (or at least which worked up to a point)?