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Re: what did hwinfo do to my machine?

Miles Fidelman wrote:
Dan B. wrote:
After I ran hwinfo (to detect a modem), my machine runs very slowly at
the beginning of booting.

(GRUB takes about 8 seconds between displaying the the "Welcome to GRUB!"
text and the "error: fd0 read error." text, and another 25 seconds for
the screen to go blank on the way to displaying the menu.

Kernel booting might be slow for the first dozen or so messages; after
that, everything seems to be fine.)

What the heck did hwinfo do to my machine?

Perhaps a silly thought, but... did you install hwinfo just before running it, and if so, did you install any dependencies in the process?

Yes, and one prerequisite that aptitude installed for hwinfo was a hal

hwinfo requires some libraries that get pretty close to the hardware - perhaps a changed library is causing your problems

Except that a changed library is not running, or even loaded, when GRUB
is running (let alone when GRUB is just starting up).

Just to doubly confirm things, I just purged hwinfo and purged the
two prerequisite packages that aptitude installed, and tried rebooting.
GRUB is still slow.


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