[SOLVED] GDM fails without ethernet

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[SOLVED] GDM fails without ethernet

Postby normnmiles on Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:19 am


Solution:
Disable Samba under Menu->System->Services.


I found the solution via trial and error. I first tried installing XDM to see if the problem was only present in GDM3 but it also failed so I was able to rule out GDM3 as the problem. I then performed a dist-upgrade to the latest Sid packages. When I did that some services I had disabled were re-enabled. I disabled some services I didn't need and noticed that I more GDM3 things were able to load. I then disabled network services through trial and error until until disabling Samba worked.

Here is the Samba package installed on my machine.
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$ aptitude show samba
Package: samba                           
Version: 2:3.5.9~dfsg-1


Original post.
I am having trouble with GDM failing when the ethernet cable is disconnected. It boots fine with the ethernet cable connected. The device is a laptop so it will not always have a ethernet connection available. The machine freezes with the LinuxMint wallpaper but no login box is presented. I am also not able to switch to other consoles. I have to power off the machine to reset.

The problem seems limited to 2.6.39 kernels as an older 2.6.32-5-686 kernel boots fine. I have tested both the default linux-image-2.6.39-2-686-pae and 2.6.39-3.dmz.2-liquorix-686 kernels.

I have disabled ipv6 and the hostname is included in /etc/hosts.
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$ cat /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf | grep ipv6
# ipv6
blacklist ipv6

$cat /etc/hosts
127.0.0.1   localhost
127.0.1.1   minty
# The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts
#::1     localhost ip6-localhost ip6-loopback
#fe00::0 ip6-localnet
#ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix
#ff02::1 ip6-allnodes
#ff02::2 ip6-allrouters
#ff02::3 ip6-allhosts



Due to video problems I am tracking Sid.
Here is some information on my machine.
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$ uname -r
2.6.39-3.dmz.2-liquorix-686

# lspci
00:15.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc Device 43a0
00:15.1 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc Device 43a1
00:15.2 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc Device 43a2
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 12h/14h Processor Function 0 (rev 43)
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 12h/14h Processor Function 1
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 12h/14h Processor Function 2
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 12h/14h Processor Function 3
00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 12h/14h Processor Function 4
00:18.5 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 12h/14h Processor Function 6
00:18.6 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 12h/14h Processor Function 5
00:18.7 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 12h/14h Processor Function 7
06:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
07:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications AR8152 v2.0 Fast Ethernet (rev c1)


Thank you.
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