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Old 06-14-2005, 02:57 AM   #1
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Both USB Flash Drives already fried


Hi,

There's two USB flash drives that I have owned (actually one I own and another I brought back), one is PNY and the other is Apacer.

I've already plugged both drives into all of my USB ports on my machine, and they aren't recognized in Linux nor do they receive power. I assume that they're fried already (although I just purchased them)

I would like to hear from somebody who has a good amount of know-how about USB devices, as I am completely confused by both of my drive's failures. It seems as if noone else on the internet has the same prob as me.

Thanks
 
Old 06-14-2005, 03:39 AM   #2
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I dont remember the details, but read around a bit. To use a usb drive, you have to create a directory to mount it to, and mount it as vfat. Dont just plug it in and espect it to appear automatically like it would in windows.


That being said, youll invest half an hour getting it to work the first time, (mostly reading how to do it) and from then on about 2 seconds to mount./unmount it from then on.



This might be a starting point, althought you might look around for an easier article... i dont remember having to go threw quite that much crap :P

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...icle&artid=115
 
Old 06-14-2005, 03:41 AM   #3
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I seriously doubt they're both broken from new. Have you compiled in the necessary kernel support? Got all the necessary software? They need SCSI, hotplug, coldplug, usb. . .

What are you using to see if they're detected? Does lsusb show anything? dmesg?
 
Old 06-14-2005, 10:39 AM   #4
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you are most probably missing something. What have you done or tried before concluding it was broken? If the only need you done was to plug the USB thing, well...
 
Old 06-14-2005, 05:02 PM   #5
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Ok, I already understand all of that. Have used many USB devices within Linux, I just want to know how a USB drive could possibly be fried just by plugging it in to a USB port.
 
Old 06-14-2005, 05:06 PM   #6
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digiplaya : It can't frie like that, especially if it has no external power out of the USB port. You better try it on another computer.
Are you sure you aren't missing something, a module maybe?
 
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the usb port could be wired incorrectly. that would pop devices left and right.


if you have been in the case latley, or this is a custom build, you might look into that.



Have you tried the sticks in a different machine? tried any other usb hardware?
 
Old 06-02-2006, 05:22 PM   #8
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FYI, I've gotten a brand of thumb drive that has been OK for the past week or so now of using it. thanks for all the help though!

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