[ILUG] why did KDE H/W(-plugin?) thingie start accessing my CD(-RW)
blf at blf.utvinternet.ie
Wed Aug 23 06:23:38 IST 2006
strange happenings ....
last night, mostly due to the loud clicks the drive was making,
I noticed _something_ was accessing my (empty) CD(-RW) drive,
about once a minute. besides the clicking, the access LED lit
up, and if I opened the tray, on the next access it closed.
(the tray does not normally close; in the past I've accidently
left it open for days.)
lsof(8) didn't seem to show anything, albeit it's possible my
snapshots were taken when the culprit wasn't trying an access
(or that I was searching for the wrong things in the listing).
and there does not seem to be anything in any of the logfiles.
after some faffling around (e.g,, terminating the browser,
unmounting the drive from subfs, etc.), I finally found that
if I quit the KDE 3.2 H/W(-plugin?) thingie (SUSE 9.1), the
accessing stopped. (but I have not tried restarting it (I'm
not even sure how?) to see if the accessing resumes.)
it's reasonably certain this is a new phenomena, as I should
have heard it before. (however, I need not have noticed the
access LED lighting up before due to the position of the kit;
ergo, if the clicking wasn't very loud at first, it may have
been drowned out by fan noise and so I wouldn't hear it?)
what I don't know is exactly when it started, but would guess
it was probably in the last c.24 hours.
there have been _no_ updates for several weeks now.
nor have I made any (intentional) changes.
I also haven't used that drive for at least a month, and it
is possible I've not used it at all for the last c.90 days
(which is the current uptime).
so what on Earth provoked that thingie into repeatedly trying
to access the drive? I _think_ that's the thingie which tries
to guess what it is you put into the drive and (ask to) launch
the wrong application; and the warning message I got when I
quit it was I'd no longer be notified of new(?) hardware.
the only things I can think of that are vaguely (very!) related
• using the DVD+/-RW drive to burn/read DVDs (a week(?) ago).
• I _may_ have accidently opened that drive try instead of
• using a USB key (again, about a week ago).
• mounting a (nominally unmounted) HDD (also a week ago).
all the drives, the CD-RW, DVD-RW, and (both) HDDs are internal
ATA on the same bus.
any ideas? suggestions?
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