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Old 07-06-2007, 06:29 PM   #1
Greased Lightning
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Resolved: Slackware 12; dead USB ports after install


Hi there!

I'm wondering if I'm the only one that has lost all access to his USB ports when I installed Slack 12. I've already asked this on an other forum, but as far as I can tell nobody knows what's wrong with my system. I also can't find anything remotely similar on the net.

I hope someone on this forum knows what could be the case on my lappy. 'cause I'm at a loss.


In a nutshell: nothing happens when I insert something in one of the USB ports. Printer, USB stick, knife...

The light on my USB stick blinks once and stays off, whereas under Slack 11 it would blink and lit up. It was then ready for mounting. This may seem something silly, but it's a good indication of what's to follow...

Printer drivers are installed and running, but no printer is found.
Also up and running are rc.udev, rc.hald and rc.messagebus
mount <anyusbdevice> <anylocation> gives this: special device <anyusbdevice> does not exist
lsusb turns out nothing
lsusb -v gives all the information you'd expect from empty ports.
dmesg does not show anything device related.
All /mnt and /media contains is empty directories (as far as USB devices go)


It makes no difference whether the device is plugged in or not, either during the command, or during boot. A clean reinstall also made no difference. Inserting a CDROM or DVD triggers the automount process (I didn't get to switching that off yet ).


Now as I am the only one with this problem :feels sad and left out while all the others have fun:

It could be hardware related. But this machine has successfully ran Ubuntu with a 2.6 for a little while (I'm one of those that brings you a copy of Ubuntu as a gift, and this problem I can't solve is making me and Linux look bad ). <= Kidding aside, I have a Packard Bell EasyNote; that is a factor to consider.

It could be kernel related. I run the 2.6.21.5, that is new to me.

It could be IRQ related. I got some error messages concerning those.

And it could be BIOS related, that too gave some errors.

But I don't know how to find out what to do or even what to look for. I never had this sort of trouble... all my previous encounters with a faulty system could always be attributed to human-error

So it could even be me related, yet how could I know if I'm the problem

But problems in Slack 11 where always solvable. This, to me, is non-solvable.

Code:
root@BEAST:/home# dmesg | grep -i error | sort | uniq
ACPI Error (uteval-0269): Return object type is incorrect [\_SB_.PCI0.ALKD._CRS] (Node dbfd49f0), AE_TYPE
ACPI Error (uteval-0275): Type returned from _CRS was incorrect: Integer, expected Btypes: 4 [20070126]
Code:
root@BEAST:/home# dmesg | grep -i bug
SGI XFS with ACLs, security attributes, large block numbers, no debug enabled
ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [ALKA] disabled and referenced, BIOS bug
usbmon: debugfs is not available
ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [ALKC] disabled and referenced, BIOS bug
Code:
root@BEAST:/home# dmesg | grep -i bios
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
 BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009fc00 (usable)
 BIOS-e820: 000000000009fc00 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
 BIOS-e820: 00000000000e0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
 BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 000000001bfef000 (usable)
 BIOS-e820: 000000001bff0000 - 000000001bffffc0 (ACPI data)
 BIOS-e820: 000000001bffffc0 - 000000001c000000 (ACPI NVS)
 BIOS-e820: 00000000fff80000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
ACPI Warning (tbfadt-0360): Ignoring BIOS FADT r1 C-state control [20070126]
PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xe9b04, last bus=1
apm: BIOS not found.
ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [ALKA] disabled and referenced, BIOS bug
ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [ALKA] BIOS reported IRQ 0, using IRQ 20
    ide0: BM-DMA at 0x1100-0x1107, BIOS settings: hda:DMA, hdb:pio
    ide1: BM-DMA at 0x1108-0x110f, BIOS settings: hdc:DMA, hdd:pio
ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [ALKB] BIOS reported IRQ 11, using IRQ 23
ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [ALKC] disabled and referenced, BIOS bug
ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [ALKC] BIOS reported IRQ 5, using IRQ 22
This is all from a fresh install. Does anyone know how I can get my USB devices working or even where to look next?

Last edited by Greased Lightning; 07-06-2007 at 07:28 PM.
 
Old 07-06-2007, 07:03 PM   #2
Hern_28
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Interesting problem.

Have you tried re-installing the usb utilities or recompiling the kernel since the install?
 
Old 07-06-2007, 07:27 PM   #3
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No but I did take a brake from working on the system for way to long.

Turns out, I had tunnelvision. As soon as I put the problem away (here in this post) I found it.

append="acpi=off" was the magic word. Again the diagnoses is human-error. The only cure: bed rest. I'm off to take my medicine. Sorry...
 
Old 07-06-2007, 07:39 PM   #4
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Lol.

Sometimes the best things are the simple ones hehhe. Glad you got it though .
 
  


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