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Old 11-29-2005, 08:03 PM   #1
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Question USB devices freezing system

hey, originally i thought maybe it was just an ipod or kernel related problem, but with the 2.4.27, 2.6.8, and 2.6.12 kernels and with my ipod (usb cable) and my Netgear wireless MA111 usb adapter, when they're plugged into either of the front USB ports on my computer, my system freezes up, like, no keyboard, no mouse, nothing responds, and i'm forced to do a hard-reset. i haven't tried the rear-ports yet, but i really need to get the USB ports to work. any ideas what's wrong/how to fix it? should i try the rear ports or is it just a USB problem?
Old 11-29-2005, 08:50 PM   #2
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Have these usb ports ever worked on your system? If not, it could be a hardware issue. On my computer - built up from a new barebones system - I had a jumper on the usb header set wrong (not to manufacturers default, per documentation). Anything plugged into the front usb ports immediately crashed the computer. Not locked, but total ungraceful power-down shutdown. Immediate lights out. Oops! Back usb ports worked fine however. I reset the jumper to the correct position and all was well. I checked the jumpers for correct settings while building the computer but obviously I missed this one ... as did the person building the box on the assembly line!
Old 11-29-2005, 08:54 PM   #3
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no, they used to work, like i've been able to use my ipod with gtkpod in the past, they work in windows just fine, and i can use my flash drive too.
Old 11-29-2005, 08:54 PM   #4
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Some quick answers

First of all, if you do want to use your Ipod, with Linux, make sure its configured properly, theres a good Howto at>LinuxAnswers>HOWTO use your 4th gen ipod on linux using USB

Also there are several forums dedicated to usb problems, and "they freeze up" is rather vague.
I've been browsing around, and i found some keywords to give some feedback on the usbport. Unfortunatly i dont have them memorized, and i didnt write them down, so i'm looking for them right now.

Also, a quick fix if you happen to have the hardware. If you happen to have a pci usb card, definitly use that. Apparently, and i dont understand the whole thing yet, but apparnelty the built in ports are controlled by bios in your pc, and it seems linux and bios dont always get along.... at least not without some work. A pci card gets around the mess, and Debian should have no troubles recognizing it.

Anyways i will try to find those articles for you,
but make sure to search the forums!!

James Kelson


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