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Re: USB Flash stick

On Mon, 2004-05-17 at 19:03, Robin Laing wrote:
> The problem was that I hadn't even mounted the stick yet.  This 
> happened the very first time that I plugged the stick in.
> I played with autofs and the stick would mount some times and then 
> others it wouldn't.  I just gave up as I needed to get some work done.
> I will check out your site though.  I would like autofs to work.
> I think it may have something to do with changing usb devices.
> When time permits I will take another look at it.

Hi Robin!

I experienced your problem for more than one year. I was the only one
using linux on my laptop at uni and the only usb key which was working
was mine, but it took me almost 2 months to understand how to get it to
work each time I want it to work....

Ok, then what is my solution to mount all the key I tried to use till
First of all, forget about the automount. once I decided to do it by
command line, it evrything started to be much more easier.

Basically, there are 2 kinds of keys, the ones that will mount as
/dev/sda and the ones that will mount as /dev/sda1
Basically, if you get the error:
mount: /dev/sda1 is not a valid block device

Try to mount the key as /dev/sda and it should work...
don't ask me why, but ... it's like that. When I asked others persons
before they all tell me that /dev/sda should not be used to mount an usb
key, but it proved to work for me.
Thxs to this stupid mount /dev/sda or /dev/sda1 I managed to use all the
usb keys I came accross...

One info, it's seem that /dev/sda has to be used in presence of USB 2.0

Ok, that's my 2 euro Cents.... I hope that it will help you and if not
sorry for this long and useless email :D


btw, in gnome, there is the ability to add "disk icon" to mount them. I
have one set up for /dev/sda and one /dev/sda1... when one do not work,
I use the the other one...
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