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Old 07-22-2007, 09:53 PM   #1
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Arm/Samsung usb support

Hi, on computers which I don't have admin rigths to, I need to be able to access my mp3 harddisk via usb. But the kernel is a bit old so it doesn't include support.
As I said, it is an arm architecture with a samsung processor. I was wondering how I can go about getting support for this device onto my linux account.
Old 07-24-2007, 02:36 AM   #2
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I get this error message from the command dmesg:
usb-storage: probe of 1-7:1.0 failed with error -1

The device is called Meizu M6 4g miniplayer

I don't have root, but this should be auto mounted as all other usb drives are when plugged into the system.

I appreciate any help.
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"arm architecture with a samsung processor"
Does this describe the player or the computer?

If you can run konqueror, try entering "sysinfo:/". See if the device shows up.
There is a command you can use to get information on the device:
udevinfo -q env -n /dev/sda1
Your device name may be different, but from the error message it may not be getting far enough to use it. The udevinfo command can be run as a normal user.
If you are lucky, you may be reading an earlier message during bootup and not from when you inserted the device.

You might try a different usb port. For example, the usb port off of a keyboard may not be able to supply enough power for the devices usb interface.

I also don't know if this system uses devfs or sysfs. The former is depreciated, but an older kernel may use it. If it is being used, then you won't have the udevinfo command.

Another possibility is that the filesystem on the device is corrupt.

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Old 07-25-2007, 04:23 AM   #4
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the mp3 player is arm architecture. The computer is a standard i586 or whatever it is these days.
the filesystem is ntfs and the device runs perfectly on the same computer when booted into windows.

I'll give those commands a try when I get a chance, but the error I quoted earlier is deffinately the usb message. If i unplug then replug, the message reapears.

Thanks for the help.


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