system hangs on; "Probing devices, please wait (this can take a while)... "

Garrett Cooper gcooper at
Tue Jul 20 01:21:24 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 4:32 PM, Randi Harper <randi at> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 1:16 PM, Rich <rl001 at> wrote:
>> I'm trying to boot on the 9.0 Current or 8.0 Release CD to  install and it just
>> hangs on;
>> "Probing devices,  please wait (this can take a while)... "
>> I've waited almost an hour. how long is it supposed to take? It would be nice if
>> there were a status bar or spinning wheel or something to let you know if it's
>> doing anything or hung. What can I do to get this to install.
>> AMD Phenom 9500 Quad-Core 2.20 GHz
>> 2G RAM
>> Drive:
>> Seagate ST31000333AS
> This is probably just grasping at straws, but any chance your hard
> drive is failing?

Time to try checking the SMART data on the drive?

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