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I have an external HD that I would like to pull files from. It contains music, movies, tv shows, audio books, etc, etc on them from when I had windows.
I have done a google search for doing this but all I can seem to call up is how to install linux on a HD. I have linux installed where I would like it! I just want to access these files so I can watch the movies on them.
Speaking of, I used VLC media player on Windows to play ANY movie file. Does Linux have a similar program? I REALLY hate using multiple programs to watch different file types.
Would be nice to know what distribution you are using?. And maybe the file system on the USB drive. Normally all USB devices with Fat16 or Fat32 file systems just need to be plugged in and turned on and a pop up similar to the one in Windows should appear asking what you want to do. Usually it'll have "open in file browser" or similar pre-selected and you just click OK. But it varies from one Linux distribution to another.
Linux has VLC also, if you have your distribution's multimedia repositories setup, it should be fairly easy to install properly. Can't tell you how to do that because the procedure is different from one distribution to the next.
EDIT: If you were to put the Linux distribution you're using in your profile, you could possibly get answers much faster and from the people with experience using that distribution.
Last edited by Junior Hacker; 07-20-2007 at 12:16 AM.
VLC: I have it installed (i ran the install package). The problem I run into is I don't know WHERE linux/slackware installs your files? It is not in my /home. I know in Windows it is usually installed in program files/name what is the linux equivalant? I want to set some of my programs to run w/ VLC instead of the standard Linux player.
USB: I am not sure of the file system. I hooked up the HD through a USB and there was no prompt that it was found! It is a Western Digital HD if that makes a difference!!
Executables go in a "bin" (for "binary") directory, e.g. /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin. In a terminal, run "which vlc" (actually I'm not sure the executable is called that). Or, if you installed a Slackware package (which it sounds like you have), you could look at /var/log/packages/name of package, which gives you a list of files that were installed and where. Again, the binary will be in a "bin" directory.
As for your hard disk, run "dmesg" in a terminal and see if there's output at the end relating to your disk. Also run "fdisk -l" (that's a lowercase L) as root and post the results.
To copy stuff, you just select it with the mouse. To paste, just press your wheel button.
Could you post the last 10 lines of dmesg please? "dmesg | tail" will do that (the | passes the output from the thing on its left to the thing on its right). Could you maybe try a different USB port on your machine as well?
It seems that changing USB ports allowed the USB Hard Drive to be recognized! Strange that one port will recognize my Mouse but not my HD, while one will recognize both my HD and my mouse.
When I try to access the HD KDE spits out this in an error box:
A security policy in place prevents this sender from sending this message to this recipient, see message bus configuration file (rejected message had interface "org.freedesktop.Hal.Device.Volume" member "Mount" error name "(unset)" destination "org.freedesktop.Hal")
I am continually amazed at how HELFPUL the Linux community is!
We do our best, but you, even with 19 posts, can do your bit too: You posed a question. Apparently it was answered. So please post the steps that solved your problem, so others searching for the same question can find the answer and this thread can die a worthy death, secure in the knowledge that the question was both offered and answered. JACKPOT! doesn't help anybody
Google indexes these threads pretty fast, so please help some other person along the lines of "Yes! I did this, then that, and then it worked ([OPTIONAL] because ....[/OPTIONAL])"