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rtc module hangs system - prevents new installation of Etch from fully booting

I have an old x86 system that fails to fully boot after a clean installation of
Debian GNU/Linux 4.0.

The cause is udevd (started from /etc/rcS.d/S03udev) attempting to load the rtc
module, which hangs this particular system.

To allow this system to fully boot it is necessary to blacklist the rtc module. 
(Once booted manually attempting to load the rtc module also hangs the system).

My system comprises a Gigabyte GA-5AX motherboard with a AMD-K6 CPU.  The kernel
and modules are from package linux-image-2.6.18-4-486 as installed by the Etch

I've worked around this problem, but I expect someone new to Linux / Debian,
trying Etch for the first time, would not have a very good first impression of
Debian if they experienced the same problem and their newly installed system
hung during boot.

If anyone is interested in investigating / fixing this and would like me to
provide more information, try things out, or would like access to the system
then let me know.

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