I need to read from a CompactFlash card in an external card reader. I have been trying to followig the instructions found in another thread, but even though the device appears in the list of devices, it fails to be mounted. the messagge says something like "wrog block mount". I have also tryied with a differt device, replacing the multicard reader with a pendrive, but the outcome is the same. I quote here the instructions I followed:
Forum: Linux - Hardware
Thread: how to cofigure USB flash drive?
Can anyone give pointers or links which explain how to configure portable usb flash drives. I have mandrake 10.1
db391 If you mean getting them to work, that means adding a line to your /etc/fstab:
/dev/sda1 /mnt/usb1 vfat user,noauto,rw,sync,noexec 0 0
Also mkdir /mnt/usb and KDE (or gnome) will add the USB (sda1) to the devices.
wrangler thanks for that but in: /dev/sda1 /mnt/usb1 vfat user,noauto,rw,sync,noexec 0 0 should it be sda1 or ...
rpz I have no experience of flash drives in Mandrake, but in Fedora, the drives appear under /dev/sdaN, where N is not constant (for example, right now my USB drive is /dev/sda4). I prefer to use hald to automount them when plugged in (they pop up on the desktop just like in winxp/osx). This daemon takes care of all the hassle with fstab lines. This is default in Fedora, in mandrake you might have to install it yourself.
LJSBrokken Anyone any idea why some flash drives work well, while others seem not to be recognised?
fstab line is
/dev/sda1 /mnt/usbflash vfat noauto,user,owner,uid=1000
 Running Slack current, kernel 2.4.29
As anybody a clue to fix it?