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Well, I just installed Linux on my home machine as my first step toward again becoming a Microsloth Free Zone (I was for a long time as Amiga user/developer, but Amiga is orphaned, and I had to switch platforms. NT was it, but now Linux is becoming a viable option).

I installed Mandrake. Installation had its rough points, and I have a few problems. Mostly I have worked around the problems, but a couple things are bothering me.

Right now I am at the office on my NT machine, so without the system in front of me I can't properly and in detail pose a couple questions. HOwever, I'll try to ask from memory and later I'll log on in Linux so I can provide more details.

Basically, I have been having some problems. If I log in as a user, open a console, and switch to root, then insmod a driver, Gnome hangs when I try to log out. If I reset the machine, when I reboot the driver that I insmod'ed is not there.

This one has bit me on my modem (a Lucent chipset winmodem that works fine with the Lucent driver) and now with my CD burner. Also, the problem is now appearing with the sound card; if I try to play a CD, I get no sound until I enter the config program. The moment I try to access the sound card using the config program, everything starts working (driver gets loaded).

Now, in my /etc/rc.local script, I have added 2 lines; insmod LTModem and insmod ide-scsi. These lines take care of those devices. It appears that I will have to do the same thing with the soundcard. This works, but does not seem to be right.

Is there a user rights problem? How come the information in /etc/devices.conf is not sufficient to cause the drivers to be loaded when a user starts?
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