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The RedHat kernel doesnt have vfat support by default. You'll need to recompile your kernel with support for it. There is plenty of HowTo's on the internet that explain how to recompile the kernel, this may be alittle bit overwelming on first try but after you do it a few times it will be easy.
Sorry can't explain it to you right now, i'm at school.
Well, there is something else going on as well, I do believe RH supports vfat and iso9660 out of the box, it is ntfs that isn't included in RH stock kernel, if you do
what does output look like?
I have installed the same distribution on an office system (Compaq ProLiant 1600) and vfat is there - I don't understand why yes in one case and why no in the other when the same install selections have been made.
The only difference is that the office system is on the network whereas my home system is not.
I have tried starting smb and all of that but no difference.
Maybe it differes between the classes of installation, as an example, you got vfat on a workstation setup whereas there is no vfat support for a NFS server install. Could be it. Try recompile your kernel to include vfat as a module or builtin(it won't hurt). Search here for howtos on how to compile a kernel if you are not familiar with the procedure.