[sane-devel] xsane and xscanimage crash system

Gene Heskett gene_heskett@iolinc.net
Sun, 29 Dec 2002 19:53:27 -0500

On Sunday 29 December 2002 13:46, Scott Savarese wrote:
>When I am logged in as a normal (non-root) user xsane and
> xscanimage will crash (freeze) the system. I am unable to
> ctrl-alt-backspace, ctrl-alt-delete, ctrl-alt-f?, and do
> anything. I am unable to test whether the entire system is frozen
> or if it is just my console.
>I am using the latest downloadable sane and xsane downloads
> (versions 1.0.9 and 0.90) on an HP PSC 2210. I downloaded the
> latest package from hpoj.sourceforge.net and have that installed.
> I am running kernel 2.4.20
>I try and run xsane, and it will start up without a problem.
> However when I go to scan something it fails. A windows pops up
> saying there is an error during I/O, and everything then locks
> up.
>This doesn't happen when i am root, nor when I try and run strace
> to see what is going on.
>Any suggestions?

You have me puzzled when you say it works as root.  The puzzle is 
because the only 2 dozen or so times it happened to me, I was root, 
and it was totally locked.  Hardware reset was the only way out.  
Even the system clock on an xscreen was stopped.  And it still did 
it when strace was in the loop, slowing things considerably.

I finally gave up on that mobo's usb hardware because the same setup 
worked flawlessly once I'd moved the whole scanner install to the 
other, newer mobo machine.  The old one was a TYAN Trinity 100, aka 
an S-1590.  New in '98.  500 mhz K6-III on it, 320 megs sdram.  It 
makes a good firewall though.   Maybe you have a similar VIA 
chipset on yours?

Cheers, Gene
AMD K6-III@500mhz 320M
Athlon1600XP@1400mhz  512M
99.21% setiathome rank, not too shabby for a WV hillbilly