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Old 12-10-2007, 05:45 PM   #1
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How do I enable USB on Fedora Core 3 as Virtual Machine Guest

I am new to Linux and was instructed to start this as a new question. I cannot enable the USB for the Fedora system. My host system is Vista and I ran VMWARE server 1.0.4. The guest system is Fedora core 3 (sorry that I have to use Fedora Core 3 because of application software limitation). I followed the below instructions.

Try using /dev/sda1 to access the drive.
Login as root then:

Create a directory to use as a mount point
mkdir /mnt/usb

Mount the drive
mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt/usb[/quote]

I got the following error messages:
mount: /dev/sda1 already mounted or /mnt/usb busy
mount: according to mtab, /dev/sda1 is mounted on /boot

Inside mtab file:
/dev/sda1 /boot ext3 rw 0 0

Inside file:
<device DEVNO="0x081" TIME="1197081411" LABEL="/boot" UUID='5de2ca00-e6a9-4f16-a7a4-d3625b126208" SEC_TYPE="ext3" TYPE="ext2">/dev/sda1</device>

Fdisk -l shows that
/dev/sda has a total 10.7GB space, 1305 cylinders
/dev/sda1 is Boot and start from Cylinder 1 and ends at 13. ID=83, System=Linux
/dev/sda2 starts from 14 and ends at 1305. ID=8e. System=Linux LVM

Any suggestion?
Old 12-10-2007, 11:00 PM   #2
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As I stated in your previous thread. Post what the application is. It is far more likely that the software can be worked around as opposed to fighting an obsolete OS.
Old 12-10-2007, 11:52 PM   #3
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The app software is a proprietary lab software developed by someone who is long gone. We tried Fedora 7 and the lab software does not work in the enviroment. Because the software is proven, we don't want to mess around with it.
Someone suggest to me that virtual machine will fix the issue that FC3 does not recognize some of the new SATA HD. And this scheme does work. But now I just cannot enable the USB drive to input/output the data conveniently.
I know as an indepently installed FC3 or host FC3, USB can be enabled easily. But on VM, I just haven't figured out how to make it work. I don't know if anyone has similar experience on VM. And I don't know if FC7 will have the similar problems on VM. Any suggestion will be helpful.


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