||12-22-2010 08:21 PM
thank you hitest,
well after your reply I stopped hal while in xfce and did 'eject cdrom' and there was no issue then.
so I removed hal and it's configs, and fdi file, and reinstalled it, and so far so good in both kde and xfce. I rebooted and retried to play it safe, and so far it seems fine.
perhaps I didnt pay enough attention when slackpkg ran --new-config.
the only thing I still have left is that I'm not getting a device notifier pop up if I insert a blank dvd, but I can live with that.