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Old 10-29-2005, 02:56 PM   #1
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startup tweaking


my sytem takes about 10 minutes to start up. I installed Sarge on the hard disk on another computer, then swapped it into this one, so I believe it may be loading the wrong drivers.....

It pauses for about two minutes after "ide: late registration of drivers", and i believe it is loading pci drivers, and cd and floppy drivers, all for devices that don't exist. How do I change this? Is there a utility that will automatically redo hardware detection? Also, how can I prevent it from fscking my fat partition--- it renames a very large file every bootup, so the partition fills up quickly, preventing the comp. from hibernating.

Old 10-29-2005, 04:31 PM   #2
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Don't know about redoing hw detect, but you can use sysv-rc-conf to edit what starts in each runlevel. For the fsck, change the very end of the line that contains the FAT partition to be "0 0" in /etc/fstab.
Old 10-31-2005, 10:23 PM   #3
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Here is my dmesg, for anyone who is interested; more help would be appreciated:

Linux version 2.4.27-2-386 ( \
(gcc version 3.3.5 (Debian 1:3.3.5-12)) #1 Mon May 16 16:47:51 JST 2005
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
BIOS-88: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009f000 (usable)
BIOS-88: 0000000000100000 - 0000000001000000 (usable)
16MB LOWMEM available.
On node 0 totalpages: 4096
zone(0): 4096 pages.
zone(1): 0 pages.
zone(2): 0 pages.
DMI not present.
ACPI: Unable to locate RSDP
Kernel command line: root=/dev/hda3 ro
No local APIC present or hardware disabled
Initializing CPU#0
Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
Calibrating delay loop... 37.37 BogoMIPS
Memory: 10144k/16384k available (1069k kernel code, 5852k reserved, 459k data, 96k init, 0k highmem)
Checking if this processor honours the WP bit even in supervisor mode... Ok.
Dentry cache hash table entries: 2048 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
Inode cache hash table entries: 1024 (order: 1, 8192 bytes)
Mount cache hash table entries: 512 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
Buffer cache hash table entries: 1024 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
Page-cache hash table entries: 4096 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
CPU: After generic, caps: 00000003 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Common caps: 00000003 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Intel 486 DX/4 stepping 00
Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
Checking for popad bug... OK.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
ACPI: Subsystem revision 20040326
ACPI: Interpreter disabled.
PCI: System does not support PCI
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.4
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
Initializing RT netlink socket
Starting kswapd
VFS: Disk quotas vdquot_6.5.1
devfs: v1.12c (20020818) Richard Gooch (
devfs: boot_options: 0x0
pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
Serial driver version 5.05c (2001-07-08) with HUB-6 MANY_PORTS MULTIPORT SHARE_IRQ SERIAL_PCI enabled
ttyS00 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
ttyS01 at 0x02f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A
COMX: driver version 0.85 (C) 1995-1999 ITConsult-Pro Co. <>
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 8192K size 1024 blocksize
Initializing Cryptographic API
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP: routing cache hash table of 512 buckets, 4Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 1024 bind 2048)
Linux IP multicast router 0.06 plus PIM-SM
RAMDISK: cramfs filesystem found at block 0
RAMDISK: Loading 3740 blocks [1 disk] into ram disk... |./.-.\.|./.done.
Freeing initrd memory: 3740k freed
VFS: Mounted root (cramfs filesystem).
Freeing unused kernel memory: 96k freed
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00beta4-2.4
ide: Assuming 50MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
ide: late registration of driver.
hda: IBM-DBOA-2720, ATA DISK drive
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
hda: attached ide-disk driver.
hda: 1411200 sectors (723 MB) w/64KiB Cache, CHS=1400/16/63
Partition check:
/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0: [PTBL] [700/32/63] p1 p2 p3
Journalled Block Device driver loaded
ext3: No journal on filesystem on ide0(3,3)
Adding Swap: 78616k swap-space (priority -1)
Real Time Clock Driver v1.10f
usb.c: registered new driver usbdevfs
usb.c: registered new driver hub
uhci.c: USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver v1.1
usb-uhci.c: $Revision: 1.275 $ time 16:52:03 May 16 2005
usb-uhci.c: High bandwidth mode enabled
usb-uhci.c: v1.275:USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver

Last edited by rookworm; 10-31-2005 at 10:50 PM.
Old 11-02-2005, 02:08 PM   #4
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I'm grasping at straws here... If anyone could point me to a good source of information, I'd be very grateful.

-The delay happens after "ide: late registration of drivers" is printed

-also, how do I make it so that it loads the pcmcia services before checking the ethernet, so as not to waste time

-how do I remove the pci and cdrom modules (I do not need them)

-also: does "usb" refer to a usb card I had in the computer in which Debian was installed? If so, how can I remove that as well?


Last edited by rookworm; 11-02-2005 at 02:12 PM.
Old 11-06-2005, 12:53 PM   #5
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I know that this is a bit unsophisticated, but you could open up synaptic and remove/install the particular drivers that you are looking for. Say, that a look at the search result for pcmcia and install the one that best fits.

Hope this helps,


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