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Old 04-30-2008, 04:03 AM   #16
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syntaxis # sudo /sbin/modprobe vfat was OK.
Now # sudo file -s /dev/sdc1 (for the 8Gb flash USB):
/dev/sdc1: x86 boot sector, code offset 0x58, OEM-ID "MSDOS5.0", sectors/cluster 8, reserved sectors 36, Media descriptor 0xf8, heads 255, hidden sectors 63, sectors 15794113 (volumes > 32 MB) , FAT (32 bit), sectors/FAT 15394, serial number 0x60d99fba, unlabeled

and the same syntaxis for the 2Gb USB stick (perfectly working without any problem):
/dev/sdc1: x86 boot sector, code offset 0x3c, OEM-ID "MSDOS5.0", sectors/cluster 64, root entries 512, Media descriptor 0xf8, sectors/FAT 246, heads 255, hidden sectors 63, sectors 4030400 (volumes > 32 MB) , reserved 0x1, serial number 0xd4645728, unlabeled, FAT (16 bit)

How can I control acpi, dbusd and hald, so that I can see if there won't be "noacpi"?

How can I activate ext2 for my external flash drive, I mean, it cannot be seen yet. So maybe I should - tell me if I'm wrong - first format with ext2 before the flash drive can be seen and start up.

Many thanks for your advice.
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Look at the services you have running. If your system has chkconfig, "sudo /sbin/chkconfig acpid". If it says "acpid on" then the service is running. You can also look at the boot options when you boot, or read the /boot/grub/menu.lst file.
Or look at "ps -u root | grep acpi".

You can also, edit as root the /etc/sysconfig/kernel file adding the vfat module:
## Type:                string
## ServiceRestart:      boot.loadmodules
# This variable contains the list of modules to be loaded
# once the main filesystem is active
# You will find a few default modules for hardware which
# can not be detected automatically.
With the vfat module loaded, try inserting the device again. You should have a dialog pop up asking if you want to open a file browser. With luck it will be mounted automatically under /media/.

If you want to format the pendrive, you can do that from YaST2 -> system -> partitioner.

Or in the terminal you could enter:
sudo /sbin/mkfs.vfat /dev/sdc1

With the vfat module loaded this may not be necessary.
Old 05-01-2008, 05:14 AM   #18
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Well, many many thanks for your advice, acpi is indeed on and the vfat module has already been a part of /etc/sysconfig/kernel file, so I didn't have to add this. Then I tried sudo /sbin/mkfs.vfat /dev/sdc1 and yes, the 8Gb flash USB is working properly now. I am now able to copy things from and to the 8Gb flash USB and of course, the other devices like bluetooth, the 2Gb USB stick, my camera and so on, are still working properly without any problem. So everything has been solved now. Many thanks again.


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