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Old 10-02-2005, 07:30 PM   #1
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vfat not recognized in Debian?


I've been attempting to get my USB flash drive working with my Debian 3.1 box. Everything seems good until I mount it. The flash drive appears in the output from dmesg and lsusb. When I attempt to mount it with 'mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 /mnt/usb-flash' I get 'mount: unrecognized filesystem vfat'

I know I've used 'mount -t vfat ...' with zip disks on my PowerBook running YDL. Does anyone know why Debian isn't working with vfat by default? Is this something I have to enble in the kernel (I'm using one of the precompiled ones from the Debian installer)?
 
Old 10-02-2005, 07:34 PM   #2
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Is it possible that the flash drive is not formatted as FAT32 (or FAT16)?
 
Old 10-02-2005, 07:47 PM   #3
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It's formatted as FAT16. I checked when I was using it with Mac OS X.
 
Old 10-02-2005, 10:30 PM   #4
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Hm. I don't know what the deal is. You can check out this thread--apparently the OP found a solution, but I can't figure out what it is.
 
Old 10-02-2005, 10:35 PM   #5
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are you using a stock kernel? It may be that vfat isn't supported by your kernel. You may need to add a module or something. Other than that...I don't know
 
Old 10-02-2005, 10:43 PM   #6
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I had the exact same problem and it turned out the entry in the fstab file was NOT in sync with what dmesg said about the drive..

fstab said /dev/sdb
dmesg identified it as /dev/sdb1

after I changed fstab to sdb1, the problem when away..

This two cents worth contributed by..
Mr Mike, Houston, Tx
 
Old 10-02-2005, 11:46 PM   #7
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Thanks for the help everyone. It appears that the stock kernel only has support for isofs. I'll probably recompile the kernel tonight or tomorrow with support for at least a few more filesystems (like vfat and hfsplus).
 
  


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