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Old 12-21-2006, 08:53 AM   #1
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Fresh install stops at hotplug start

Hi all, new Slackware user here (and all-around Linux nub)
I've just performed a full install (Slackware 11) to a Dell Latitude D610 Laptop. All went smoothly until the first reboot. The system boots to:
"Detecting hardware: /etc/rc.d/rc.hotplug start"
and then just sits there, no command prompt.

Any suggestions for what to do at this point? I have the distro on DVD and can reinstall just as easily as troubleshoot if that is the recommendation.

As a bit of background, this system is intended as a dual-boot XP/Slackware system, though I have managed to toast my XP installation somehow while messing around with SLAX HD install... another storey for another day.

Any help would be appreciated (I did look for similar posts, though not exhaustively)

Old 12-24-2006, 11:20 AM   #2
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When lilo boots and you get the prompt that looks like this:
Type 'nohotplug' and then 'ENTER'. You'll probably have to blacklist some module in the hotplug blacklist in order to avoid this problem.
Old 12-27-2006, 07:52 AM   #3
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Thanks, I'll give it a try. Any way for me to guess which module may be giving me the trouble?

Cheers (And Merry HoHo)
Old 12-29-2006, 05:39 AM   #4
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It seems that there doesn't exist any generally stept by step procedure to figure it out. You can try to use the log files and load the modules step by step or you deactivate/remove hardware.

After all I guess a good point to start is with USB. If possible, try to deactivate any USB features in your BIOS and boot a few times with hotplug enabled.

Old 12-29-2006, 11:01 AM   #5
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You could add some debugging code around the module loading, I guess. Like add:
echo loading module <module name>
in front of every module that's loaded. IThe modules are loaded in /etc/modules.conf or /etc/rc.d/rc.modules if I remember correctly (I probably don't).


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