Originally posted by dublinclontarf
it was a usb modem, zyxel 600 series, but this is not specific to this device, i also have a usb scanner that worked under mandrake but also caused a freeze at boot.
I don't know if this will really help....BUT....try starting up the machine withOUT the device plugged in. As root, open /etc/rc.d/rc.modules in your favorite text editor and look at the usb section. There are quite a few drivers. There are about 3 generic usb drivers and a host of others for specific devices like scanners, cameras, hard drives, modems, etc. Make sure you have the usb-ohci driver and the appropriate modem driver loading.
You may have already done this, but it doesn't hurt to check.