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I am only assuming... but I think the reason you can't write to your usb device is because your fstab file lists it as RO (read only).
He could have built the distro piece by piece also. I had problems with Debian earlier because I built it from just the base system - with no window manager or X.
Could you post the results you get from:
Mine looks like this:
/dev/md0 on / type ext3 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
tmpfs on /lib/init/rw type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,mode=0755)
proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
procbususb on /proc/bus/usb type usbfs (rw)
udev on /dev type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=620)
/dev/md2 on /home type ext3 (rw)
/dev/md1 on /var type ext3 (rw)
Last edited by checkmate3001; 08-13-2008 at 01:56 AM.
Between i had this problem with a USB disk, At boot Winxp went for a checkdisk of the USB and corrected some enteries, After that my USB drive wasn't writable. I could read but not write to it. Had to format the USB disk to make it usable again
I am using SUSE 11.0 on an IBM Thinkpad X41. When I had Mandarvia installed, the USB flash drive did show up atomatically and I could write to it. However, in SUSE 11.0 with KDE 3.5 I cannot. Weird huh?
I was able to get my usb flashdrive on the desktop to show up only when it was plugged in. After it was mounted I went to my browser under media:\ and copied the icon to the desktop. It complained a little, but I think it was because I also copied the floppy drive icon and there was nothing mounted. Now it goes away when I remove the flashdrive and pops up when it's in.
Also you can modify your desktop icons in /home/<username>/.kde/share/config/kdesktoprc
look under the [media] section. It defines whether it is enabled or not and what types of media are disabled from showing.