[ILUG] Mandrake - it works....but why?
typedef at eircom.net
Thu Feb 10 09:39:57 GMT 2005
Barry Redmond wrote:
> I've had USB problems on my installation of Mandrake 10.1, and lots of
> googling around has led me to think that there's a fundamental USB
> interrupt handling problem in there somewhere.
> I haven't seen any good explanation or solution of the problem
> anywhere. There are various reports of USB device communication
> problems, sometimes with "Control timeout on ep0out" (or ep0in)
> errors. My particular incarnation was a USB printer problem.
> One suggested fix (can't remember where) was to use noapic at boot.
> In my case this did indeed fix the USB problem, but then any attempt to
> logout or shutdown via the KDE dialogue caused the machine to
> lockup ... !!?? I removed the noapic switch, and sometime later I
> realised that the USB printer was working. I still get occasional
> problems, but usually fixed by power cycling the printer.
> Not very reassuring behaviour. If I'd wanted this kind of thing I would
> have stuck with Windows.
That's quite surprising from where I sit. True, Linux might be _close_
to totally perfect, but, even the best systems in the world have warts.
Just checking up on which kernel Mandrake uses, I think your version
should be 22.214.171.124-12mdk... notice the -12mdk appendation denoting that
this kernel is not a vanilla release, but a release that Mandrake
themselves have put together and thus should not be the yardstick you
measure ftp.kernel.org releases by. I suspect quite strongly, that if
you take the time to go and get the latest vanilla 2.6 from
http://ftp.kernel.org and engage with compiling your own, it is quite
likely this problem can/may be made to go away.
If you don't feel up to doing that, I would suggest you try an
alternative distrobution, Fedora Core 3 and SuSE sprining to mind as the
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