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#1 2006-05-04 09:11:10

wizzomafizzo
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Dell Latitude C600

Has anyone had success with the Dell Latitude C600?

This could be a bug in Arch itself but at boot say every 5 boots (this number will vary greatly but happens often enough to be annoying and worrying) it will freeze at the prompt saying something about udev uevents. The freeze will either be it just plain stopping, causing me to have to hold the power button down twice for some reason to reboot or it will turn my whole screen bright white by having it "spread" quickly from a few points.

I have no idea what could be wrong, I don't even know what udev uevents are but this seems to be a problem with Arch and not my laptop because every other distro or os you can think of has worked on it.

Any help is appreciated.

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#2 2006-05-04 16:36:55

stonecrest
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Re: Dell Latitude C600

It's probably a troublesome module. What you can do is disable udev autoloading (MOD_AUTOLOAD="no" in rc.conf) and then do a "hwdetect --show-modules-order" to see what modules udev automatically loads. Then modprobe each module one by one until you run into a problem. If you do find the bad one, you can then just turn autoloading back on and blacklist it.

Unfortunately, it seems that the order that the modules are loaded matters, which is why it varies a bit on each boot. But hopefully you will get lucky wink

Also, I have a Dell C400 and have never run into this.


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#3 2006-05-04 21:00:26

rayjgu3
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Re: Dell Latitude C600

my wife runs a c500 which is the same as yours with acception to the procesor(ithink hers is a 700 , yours a 750 if i remeber correctly) no problems the machine itself is a bit slow for me
but i cant seem to shake her off it she wont upgrade even though ive offered numerous times
but its gonna happen soon i think cause her left mouse button stopped working only the tap on the pad works

as for the udev i would agree with stonecrest as a troublesome module
id say try another kernel maybe kernel26mm
run
pacman -R kernel26
then
pacman -S kernel26mm

or any one of the other kernels that you want or compile one with all the modules you need built in , if you want to take the time

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#4 2006-05-06 03:13:00

elliott
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Re: Dell Latitude C600

I have a C600 running Arch and have had that happen twice, I'm not really worried about it. It would be nice to know what is causing it though, since it is the only problem I have with this laptop.

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#5 2006-05-29 17:40:48

droog
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Registered: 2004-11-18
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Re: Dell Latitude C600

I just got a c610, and im going to install arch on it tonight and get this bootleg  copy of windows xp pro corporate off it.
I was just wondering if there were any problems with the install besides the udev problem thats probably fixed by now. everything just works?
The pcmcia wireless card i have is a ti acx100 anyone have experience with this card?

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#6 2006-05-29 20:19:43

rayjgu3
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#7 2006-05-29 20:48:20

droog
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Re: Dell Latitude C600

I did that before i posted.. thanks for all the info though

/edit ive checked the wiki, forums, google and i already read the fucking manual. i was looking for someone that has some experience with these specific things and could give some advice before i install on it.

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#8 2006-05-29 20:53:38

rayjgu3
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Re: Dell Latitude C600

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#9 2006-05-29 20:58:03

droog
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Re: Dell Latitude C600

thanks rayjgu3. sorry, i thought you were just being a prick with the search thing, thanks for the links im checking them out now

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#10 2006-07-15 09:35:22

wizzomafizzo
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Re: Dell Latitude C600

I actually forgot all about this topic. I believe I found the problem though and it's good to know other people get it to, not just me.
This also fixes other prebuilt kernels for other distros.

I found out that most Dell laptops have their own special format for the PCMCIA bus and if a certain something is probed (which udev has been doing) the system will freeze. Anyway as far as I know this fixes it, I'm yet to have any crashes.

In /etc/pcmcia/config.opts for pcmcia-cs there is a range on an include line near the top: 0x800-0x8ff. Just get rid of that range it it should be fixed. If you use pcmciautils in the same general area there are lines and one should have 0x8ff at the end of a range, I can't remember the full range but just comment out the line with that in it.

I got that from http://www.whacked.net/ldl/faq/ which even though it looks to be years and years old still has a lot of useful information in it.

Wouldn't mind some feedback if this worked for any Dell users, seems to have worked for me. Thanks.

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