I got a brand new Lenovo Thinkpad T530 from my work recently, with xubuntu installed on it. It's extremely snappy, apart from booting. The moment it's slow (~2 minutes) is between entering my password in the login screen up until the point where my desktop comes up. I've been able to trace the problem to the existence of a usb0 network interface, which is trying to come up.

If I run sudo ifconfig usb0 down before entering my password (through another screen), it shows my desktop almost immediately. Google doesn't make me any wiser as to how I should disable this usb0 interface, but I'm pretty sure I won't use it and I'd like my laptop boot a bit faster.

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    Do you have anything plugged on the USB ports, besides keyboard and mouse? An android cellphone perhaps? – ThiagoPonte Jan 22 '13 at 18:18
  • @ThiagoPonte Nope, not even a keyboard or mouse at the moment, the problem still persists. – Berry Langerak Jan 22 '13 at 19:20
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    See if there's any reference to usb0 in the file /etc/network/interfaces. – ThiagoPonte Jan 22 '13 at 19:36
  • @ThiagoPonte Alas, there's no reference to usb0 in /etc/network/interfaces. So I'm guessing NetworkManager is the culprit here. Any clue ad to how I can disable usb0 (through /etc/network/interfaces, startup files, or otherwise)? – Berry Langerak Jan 22 '13 at 22:43
  • Some internal WWAN cards are recognised as USB devices. Do you have such a card installed? It is probably a driver or configuration error. Can you post the output of lsusb and lspci? – LiveWireBT Jan 28 '13 at 13:50

You could try putting this into /etc/network/interfaces:

# Set up an interface which will not be allocated an IP address by
# ifupdown but will be configured through external programs. This
# can be useful to setup interfaces configured through other programs,
# like, for example, PPPOE scripts.
auto usb0
iface usb0 inet manual
      up ifconfig $IFACE up
      up /usr/local/bin/myconfigscript
      down ifconfig $IFACE down

Note that this suggestion was taken from this thread in ubuntuforums, i haven't tested it.

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