I installed Slackware 12 on my PB EasyNote today. But now, Houston, we have a problem...
At first it seemed my printer (an HP, but that is besides the point) didn't install. After some troubleshooting, I found Slack no longer provides access to my USB ports. No USB-device seemed to work.
I wasn't totally unprepared to deal with the new udev and HAL. And I expected Slack to have everything off by default. I've run Ubuntu on this machine too, so I'm not totally unfamilliar with the 2.6 kernel and udev. But then, Ubuntu defaults to having everything switched on so it's not the same situation all together.
Anyway. I made my own user account member of both cdrom and plugdev groups. But the problem even remains when I'm logged in as root.
dmesg does not mention anything related to USB-devices.
lsusb comes up with:
Bus 4 Device 1: ID 0000:0000
Bus 1 Device 1: ID 0000:0000
Bus 3 Device 1: ID 0000:0000
Bus 2 Device 1: ID 0000:0000
ls -lR /dev/disk mentions only my Hard Disks.
But the simple ls /dev doesn't list any of my other devices, be they plugged in or not. The (newly discovered ;)) /media/*... nothing, just empty directories
/etc/udev/rules.d contains no USB storage device rules or anything to do with printers.
ps shows the udev deamon is running. But the system remains deaf to anything I plug in. And there lies my question. Everything I've been able to find on the matter in the last hour (and a half) shows that everything now is automated.
On boot, I do get lots of error messages when I have a USB device plugged in. It goes by real quick, but from what I catch there are some complaints of the USB device not responding to an IRQ. Perhaps therein lies the problem?
I'm about to reach the conclusion that the kernel just doesn't notice my USB ports. And since I installed the (default) 18.104.22.168-smp kernel (the big one) I don't know where to look next.
Now I have to get away from my lappy and into the sunlight (IT BURNS!!!), to earn me some money. Thanks for reading, and please leave a post after the beep. Beep.