Still having trouble with the USB flashdrive thing. I got the biggest problems sorted out already, so I can now mount the drive and read the files on it, but I'm still having a few problems.
1) I cannot use the USB flash drive with all the USB ports. It seems only the ones on the back of the case are working. The two in front cause errors (see the other thread for details). Also, I've noticed that with one of the USB ports (the one right beside the mouse port), plugging the USB flashdrive causes the whole system to lock up completely. mouse, keyboard, everything! have to force a reboot to fix it. I am at a total loss to explain this, since I can use my USB printer with the two USB ports on the front of my case. Whatever, at leat I can access the drive through one port.
2) I cannot write to the USB flashdrive. I have this:
/dev/hda5 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/hda3 / ext3 defaults 1 1
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,owner,ro,user 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner,user 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
/dev/sda1 /mnt/USBflashdrive auto noauto,owner,ro,user 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
in my /etc/fstab file. the line for the USBflashdrive is just copied from what I did for the floppy drive. I figured that since they're both read-write removable media, it should be similar, just change the mount folder.
I also have
# disk devices
in my udev.permissions file. so /dev/sd* should have read-write access for all, and it does. the problem is with /mnt/USBflash, which does NOT have write access for anyone, and the problem is:
I can't chmod write access onto it!
/mnt# chmod a+w USBflashdrive
chmod: changing permissions of `USBflashdrive': Read-only file system
Why is the USBflashdrive a read-only filesystem? OSX and WinXP were both able to read and write to it with no problems.