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I am assuming you created the mount point /mnt/usbstick. This will allow
you to mount the device as a normal user, so don't try mounting as root.
The kernel will mount a partition, not a device, so /dev/sda1 is correct.
After changing your /etc/fstab, issue as root "/etc/rc.d/rc.hotplug restart"
and then exit from root to a normal user. Then issue "dmesg | grep -i usb"
and post that output.
Now plug the flash disk into your computer and wait 30 seconds and
then issue "dmesg | tail" and post the output. Then issue as a normal
user "mount /mnt/usbstick" and if it returns to a prompt with no other
output, it's mounted. You can then issue "cd /mnt/usbstick" and it will
read/write as a normal user. If it does return some other output, then
post that here; along with the output of "dmesg | tail" again after you
tried to mount the device.
With the device still plugged in, issue as root "/etc/rc.d/rc.hotplug restart"
once again and then as a normal user issue "mount /mnt/usbstick" and
if that doesn't mount it issue "dmesg | tail" again for the new messages.
I don't know Debian systems, only Slackware, but if you post the output of
"lsmod" we can see whether or not you have the kernel modules to use
the USB device, and perhaps a Debian fellow can help from there.
It doesn't exist. I've never recompiled a kernel before. How would I go about doing such a thing? Excuse my newbiness.
I've tried compiling 2.6.8 in the past but it would never boot, so I eventually gave up. I think it has something to with sata_sil not being detected. I never got a definitive answer as to why it didn't boot. I got answers revolving around changing hda to hde or something like this, which yielded no positive results. I'd still like to resolve this but I've lost hope in ever getting 2.6.8 to boot.