Tag Archives: troubleshooting

CentOS 5.5 Startup hangs at “Starting udev:”

As mentioned previously, I’m reusing a Dell Dimension E521 to run my media server in CentOS 5.5.  The funny thing is that I couldn’t start up the system because it would hang at “Starting udev”.  I looked at the boot sequence and noticed that it was trying to initialize peripheral drivers.  So, I went ahead and started disabling peripherals from the BIOS.  The sound card did the trick.

Ubuntu 9.10 to 10.04 update causes secondary video issues

I’ve been using Ubuntu 9.10 on my Lenovo Thinkpad T60p for a while and decided that I should update my OS to Ubuntu 10.04 to keep up with the kiddies.  My setup is having a Dell monitor attached to my Lenovo where I usually do most of my work.  After ~2-3 hours of updating packages, I was finally prompted to restart my system.  Once the 10.04 desktop came online, I noticed that there were a ton of squiggly rows on my secondary monitor which signalled a bad video output.

I decided to do a quick google search for “Ubuntu 10.04 upgrade squiggly monitor”.  This lead me to this forum post: http://www.uluga.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1466072

Several forum posters reiterated what the OP was mentioning and finally, someone had a solution:

“create file /etc/modprobe.d/radeon.conf with contents “options radeon new_pll=0 modeset=0″ and reboot.”

Boom, I did that and all is good now.  If you want to follow this bug, here is a link: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/lucid/+source/linux/+bug/541501


Windows XP – No Audio Hardware

So, I’m on my work laptop trying to stream my music from SubSonic (will write an article up later) when all of a sudden, I realize nothing is playing. I click the volume control icon, and a status message tells me that there’s is no Audio Hardware installed.

First thing I do, is access Control Panel > Audio Hardware, where it tells me “No Audio Hardware”. Strange. This was working last night.

I decided to check the Windows Services Console and check the Windows Audio service.
Start -> Run -> “services.msc”

Lo and behold, Windows Audio service is not on. Ding Ding Ding!

Now to listen to some John Mayer err… Ke$ha Music.