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Old 11-12-2004, 09:52 PM   #1
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How to mount a Sony Memory Stick on Mandrake 10.0 ?


Hi friends,

I have recently shifted from Windows to Linux. I need some help.

1) Can someone help me in mounting a Sony Memory Stick on Mandrake 10.0 ?

2) Once installed, this memory stick should be usable on both Windows M/c and Linux m/c. Is that possible ?

Thanks
Atul
 
Old 11-12-2004, 10:16 PM   #2
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just to add some more information:

I ran the following command (as root)

******************************************************************
[root@localhost root]# cat /proc/scsi/scsi
Attached devices:
[root@localhost root]#
******************************************************************

Does this give some clue of what's wrong here ?

Thanks
Atul
 
Old 11-13-2004, 05:02 AM   #3
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Hi,

MDK should automount your memory stick.

If not follow the following rule, you should mount it by yourself :

first, open a terminal :

su ( you should be root to do that )
**** ( your root password )

mkdir /mnt/sony ( to create a new file "sony" or whatever you want )

by now if you use Konqueror and go to /mnt you should have a new file named "sony"

return to the terminal, and mount your devise:

mount /dev/sda /mnt/sony

( you will then mount your device /dev/sda to your mount point /mnt/sony )


dev/sda can be different in your case (sda1 or sdb...) the mandrake control center can help here... your device is probably detected but not mounted !!

also note the exact command :

mount*/dev/sda*/mnt/sony ( * being a space )
 
Old 11-13-2004, 05:44 AM   #4
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hi

Thanks for the reply. I did exactly as you mentioned, but no luck. This is what is happening

[root@localhost mnt]# mount /dev/sda /mnt/sonymemstick
mount: special device /dev/sda does not exist

After this I tried,
[root@localhost mnt]# mount /dev/hde2 /mnt/sonymemstick
mount: /dev/hde2 is not a valid block device

After this I tried,
[root@localhost mnt]# mount /dev/hde3 /mnt/sonymemstick
mount: block device /dev/hde3 is write-protected, mounting read-only
mount: No medium found

After this I tried,
[root@localhost mnt]# mount /dev/hde4 /mnt/sonymemstick
mount: block device /dev/hde4 is write-protected, mounting read-only
mount: No medium found

What's next ?

Thanks
Atul
 
Old 11-13-2004, 03:16 PM   #5
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Hi, your device is probably sda or sda1 or sda2 or sdb /sdc ...

cannot be hde.

Go to mdk control center and advise if some device is detected, even unknown.

My own device was sda1 .

You can also try to plug the device before the booting process, and use command line dmesg to get information ( as root only )

Good luck
 
Old 11-13-2004, 04:24 PM   #6
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What is in your dmesg output? Is the stick recognized as usb-mass storage device?
Are the correct modules loaded when you insert the stick (usbcore,usb-storage)
Is the stick recognized as file system? (output of 'fdisk -l')
 
Old 11-13-2004, 05:04 PM   #7
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Actually more importantly

HOW does the memory stick interface to your computer?

Are you using an external USB reader?

An internal reader?

etc.
 
Old 11-14-2004, 10:19 PM   #8
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I have one and Mandrake finds it.
It shows up on my desktop.
I don't do anything special with it.
It's a Lexar usb 256 stick
 
Old 11-14-2004, 10:23 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by charlescpc
I have one and Mandrake finds it.
It shows up on my desktop.
I don't do anything special with it.
It's a Lexar usb 256 stick
Yes but this is beside the point...

Mandrake/Linux must recognize the device to which the stick is inserted.

It is likely that his reader is not being recognized.

The poster has not described it, nor posted the output from dmesg so we can see.

This limits us to guessing...
 
Old 11-14-2004, 10:27 PM   #10
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Hi

I agree that the system should atleast identify it an available device/drive/media/hardware, which it is not doing currently.

Now, this memory stick was being used on a Windows Machine before. Is there some special formatting technique that needs to be used such that Mandrake 10.0 starts identifying this device ?

I even rebooted the system with memory stick inside the Slot. For your records, my machine is a VAIO PCG-505JS

Thanks,
Atul
 
Old 11-14-2004, 11:15 PM   #11
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No nothing "special" has to be done if the kernel supports your hardware.

That is the question.

Since the memory stick reader built into your Sony, is considered by Sony as a proprietary device, for which they DO NOT release the specs, kernel support is problematic.

Blame Sony's policies for this, not Linux...

http://www.ma.umist.ac.uk/bl/vaio/Li...ny_v505cp.html
http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/sony.html

BTW: I'm in the same boat with my reader on my ZD7000

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Old 11-15-2004, 07:18 AM   #12
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No problem mounting a memory stick.

Put the stick in a usb port (example her is in usb0)
right click create new - device -MO device click

edit the blue title MO Device eg stick

click on device

select the stick which should be listed as a removable disk
(/mnt/removable)

for example/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part
1

click on OK

your ikon should appear on screen

clicking on the ikon should display the contents in a k window


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Old 11-15-2004, 08:28 AM   #13
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guys,

that create a new device option would work only if the system identifies this mem-stick as a valid drive which it is not currently.

Can I check some config file to validate whether or not the mem-stick is identified by my system ? When this machine was on Windows , which was laast week, this mem-stick was being used on this machine. Now either I remove the mem-stick or insert it, the small bulb in the slot is not getting lighted, the way it used to be earlier on Windows, so I am sure the system is taking this as a valid drive

thanks
atul
 
Old 11-15-2004, 11:47 AM   #14
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Yeah, basically the output of dmesg would display any identified devices.

Also lsdev, lspci and lsmod would display pertitnent information as well as the MCC.

If a device has a loaded module in the MCC then it's been recognized and configured.

As I posted the on board Sony reader has no drivers for it under Linux thanks to Sony.
 
Old 11-28-2004, 03:32 AM   #15
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Hi

I looked the Hardware Configuration from Mandrake and in the detected Hardware list, there is an entry for Memory Stick Controller. Following is the information on it:

**********************************************************
Vendor: ‎Sony Corporation

Bus: ‎PCI

Bus identification: ‎104d:808a:104d:8085

Location on the bus: ‎0:d:0

Description: ‎Memory Stick Controller

Module: ‎unknown

Media class: ‎MEMORY_FLASH
**********************************************************

Can someone help now ?

Regards
Atul
 
  


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