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my sytem takes about 10 minutes to start up. I installed Sarge on the hard disk on another computer, then swapped it into this one, so I believe it may be loading the wrong drivers.....
It pauses for about two minutes after "ide: late registration of drivers", and i believe it is loading pci drivers, and cd and floppy drivers, all for devices that don't exist. How do I change this? Is there a utility that will automatically redo hardware detection? Also, how can I prevent it from fscking my fat partition--- it renames a very large file every bootup, so the partition fills up quickly, preventing the comp. from hibernating.
Don't know about redoing hw detect, but you can use sysv-rc-conf to edit what starts in each runlevel. For the fsck, change the very end of the line that contains the FAT partition to be "0 0" in /etc/fstab.
I know that this is a bit unsophisticated, but you could open up synaptic and remove/install the particular drivers that you are looking for. Say, that a look at the search result for pcmcia and install the one that best fits.