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Old 12-12-2004, 10:09 AM   #1
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Hanging on - Checking for new hardware, during booting PC

Hi folks,

Athlon 1.4
RAM: 512MB

On booting the PC it hangs on "Checking for new hardware" for quite long time, at least 3~4 minutes. Finally it proceeds further with the PC started up without problem. This phenomenon did happen occasionally in the past.

Kindly advise how to check its cause and get it fixed. TIA

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Well if you very rarley have new hardware i suppose one solution would be to stop kudzu running from startup.... Untick the little Checkbox in service configuration. This will stop it looking for new hardware compltley.. Why it hangs for so long im not sure..... Maybe you have a device it thinks it can recognise but it doesnt???
Old 12-12-2004, 02:54 PM   #3
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Originally posted by Sharky01252
Well if you very rarley have new hardware i suppose one solution would be to stop kudzu running from startup....
Can you also do this from the boot prompt? Normally I boot from a CD, and I could easily manually type "linux kudzu=0" if this would have any effect. My "Checking for new hardware" doesn't hang like satimis' does, but it does take a few seconds and I'd just as well skip it since I rarely install new hardware. If this would work, I can imagine it might be decent to leave the kudzu service configured to run from within Linux, but have grub pass the kernel a parameter to stop it on boot (which you could override manually when you install new hardware).

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Hi folks,

Tks for your advice.

I suspect it is the problem of the floppy drive. I could not mount it. The floppy drive was justing rotating. Finally KDE desktop did not work, no response on clicking desktop icons or menu bar.

switched to run-level 3 with following printout on screen automatically;
hda:dmc_timer_expiry:dma status==0x21
DMA timeout error
ide0: reset success
hda:DMA time_expiry:dma status==0x21
had:DMA time out error
hda:dma time out error:status 0x58 {DriverReady SeekComplete Data request}
ide:failed operode was:unknown
hda:nor DRQ after issuing WRITE
ide0: reset: success

The screen hung here. I have to force-reset the PC.

Now I change another floppy drive. It can be mounted reading floppy. I'll test it a while to see what will happen.

One thing I discovered was the floppy could not be unmounted either on desktop icon or on console. I have to logout and relogin to unmount it. It always complained;
umount: /mnt/floppy: device is busy
even I closed all applications/files.

$ cat /etc/fstab
LABEL=/                 /                       ext3    defaults        1 1
LABEL=/boot             /boot                   ext3    defaults        1 2
none                    /dev/pts                devpts  gid=5,mode=620  0 0
none                    /proc                   proc    defaults        0 0
none                    /dev/shm                tmpfs   defaults        0 0
/dev/hda3               swap                    swap    defaults        0 0
/dev/cdrom              /mnt/cdrom              udf,iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0                /mnt/floppy             auto    noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0
/dev/cdrom1             /mnt/cdrom1             udf,iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0


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