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Old 01-16-2005, 07:36 PM   #1
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USB External Harddrive (error -71)

I have a usb Western Digital external harddrive. I get the following error message in dmesg (after plugging in powered-on drive)

usb 5-2: new low speed USB device using address 2
input: USB HID v1.10 Mouse [Microsoft Microsoft 3-Button Mouse with IntelliEye(TM)] on usb-0000:00:10.3-2
usb 1-4: new high speed USB device using address 13
usb 1-4: device not accepting address 13, error -71
The input: message is there to prove that my USB works correctly (it's my mouse) but the new high speed USB device at add 13 returns with error -71.

I need to know how to fix this otherwise my college course is gonna be one hard POS.

Old 01-17-2005, 02:26 PM   #2
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This seems to be a problem with something in slackware... I copied this from some mailinglist.

On Mon, 27 Dec 2004, Christian Heimanns wrote:

> Hello to all
> My problem: Since kernel >= 2.6.9-bk7 I've problems with one of my USB
> sticks. It is a noname one but worked very well with older kernel
> versions. When I plug in the stick following (error) messages are generated:
> Dec 27 17:15:07 notebook kernel: usb 1-4: new high speed USB device
> using ehci_hcd and address 2
> Dec 27 17:15:08 notebook kernel: usb 3-2: new full speed USB device
> using uhci_hcd and address 3
> Dec 27 17:15:08 notebook kernel: usb 3-2: new full speed USB device
> using uhci_hcd and address 4
> Dec 27 17:15:08 notebook kernel: usb 3-2: device descriptor read/64,
> error -71
> Dec 27 17:15:09 notebook last message repeated 3 times
> Sometimes (1 of 10 times) the stick is recognized normal. I'm using
> Slackware 10 with the latest kernel (2.6.10) and all Slackware updates.
> A different USB stick (64MB, USB 1.1) and a external 60 GB Harddisk (USB
> 2.0) are working fine.
> Thanks for help,

You may be able to avoid this problem by loading the usbcore.ko module
with module parameter:


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Last edited by enigmasoldier; 01-17-2005 at 02:38 PM.
Old 01-17-2005, 03:40 PM   #3
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Upgrading the kernel couldn't hurt. It's not the drive's fault.


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