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Old 04-13-2007, 10:32 AM   #1
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Boot freezes at "Starting HAL daemon" after Kernel recompile

I have tried recompiling the kernel on Mandriva 2007.0 to fix a bug where by a touchpad isn't recognised. Although it seems to compile OK, when I now boot and choose the new image, the boot freezes at this line:

Starting HAL daemon [ OK ]

The only error I can see before that is:

Starting wltool: [Failed]

I've tried a recompile about five times now and nothing makes any difference it seems. Anyone know why that might be? Or can suggest a method of tracking this down? Please ask if any other information would help track it down. I'm in over my head really and am not sure where to start!

I have searched high and low on the web and found other mentions of HAL daemon failing, but not freezing when it says it's OK!

Many thanks.
Old 04-14-2007, 03:03 AM   #2
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Wonder if the service that tries to start after HAL is hanging up, not HAL itself?

Look in a file called /etc/inittab for a line (probably one of the first) like this
That number tells you what runlevel you boot into. Then look in the directory /etc/rc.d/rc#.d (rc3.d in this example). You should see a symlink named S##haldaemon. Alphanumerically after that would be the next service to start. For example, mine is S20haldaemon and the next one is S25cups.
Old 04-14-2007, 06:53 AM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestions Arow. Just before I gave in to sleep last night I made a lot of progress on this and found your reply when I woke up this morning.

I found another post on here for a vaguely similar issue with Fedora; that suggested looking at boot levels. After playing about with it I found that I could boot to level two and then startx. This then ran KDE, and my kernel mod had solved my touchpad issue.

I then rebooted and did interactive boot (I had completely forgotten this is possible, it's so long since I needed to do that). When it got to the touchpad part and asked if I wanted to start it, when I said yes, it went and installed some drivers from the installation DVD.

It boots happily now, which I guess is the main thing!


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