KDE 3.5.4 and HAL/CD polling: check boxes greyed out

Sebastian Kemper sebastian_ml at gmx.net
Thu Aug 3 09:57:56 BST 2006

Hi all,

I'm running 3.5.4 on Gentoo (split ebuilds). I wanted to use HAL, but
allthough I have all the makings (HAL, dbus, pmount) I wasn't able to
activate HAL in the KDE control center because the check-boxes were
greyed out (they still are). I found a workaround, though, I was able to
edit ~/.kde3.5/share/config/mediamanagerrc and set
HalBackendEnabled=true and after a KDE restart HAL now works.

I went to #kde on freenode and met a guy with the same issue. Also on
the Gentoo forums there's a thread about this:

Any idea what the greyed out check boxes for HAL and CD polling are

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