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SubjectRe: floppy hang with 2.4.9-ac1x
> 2.4.9-ac10 onwards, IIRC) hard-hangs my linux system....

Knowing exactly which release would be useful

> dual P3/700, SMP kernel, gcc-3.0.1, Abit VP6 with VIA 694X chipset,
> mtools-3.9.7

Does it occur with gcc 2.95/2.96 ?

> the console hangs, and switching to another doesn't work. Also the
> num-lock key is dead. The floppy light stays on, but it doesn't sound
> like it is doing anything but spinning the motor.
> There are no messages in the system logs.
> Any hints on what to do?

Try an older gcc to eliminate that case (I dont think it is the guilty party
but I dont trust the memory barriers in such an old ugly driver to be right)
and then find out which precise release broke it

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