Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?


  Search this Thread
Old 01-16-2006, 08:44 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: LON
Distribution: SuSE 10.0
Posts: 12

Rep: Reputation: 0
USB/removable memory

Am learning to use SuSE 10.0.

PC has been equipped with a USB (desktop) hub into which I plug a USB stick (apparently originally formatted for and used on my Windows m/c ?FAT format, and a v.handy means of not just carrying data by sneakerNet but also trans-OpSys/gender!) and a 'card reader' into which I slot the Memory Stick from a Sony digicam.

If the device(s) are plugged-in prior to booting Linux, everything is rosy and there is a (Gnome) desktop icon for the device, it appears in Computer | filesystem happily, and I can access the data easily.

However if I remove and later re-insert a stick, or boot the system and only afterwards insert such memory, there is no automatic 'registration' of the device. Under these circumstances I have to use Computer | filesystem | media to access the data. (so the device is apparently recognised/properly inserted, etc)

NB I thought that I could right-click on a file list and mount/unmount to take care of such things, but apparently not...

Is there a selector somewhere for a USB equivalent of plug 'n play, or is there a script/button I can push after physically loading such devices in order to manually connect? Alternatively am I going about things the wrong way around?

Please advise,

PS will be v.happy if you tell me the keywords I'm casting about for and point me at specific SuSE onboard manual or web Kbase pages...
Old 01-16-2006, 09:40 AM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Campinas/SP - Brazil
Distribution: SuSE, RHEL, Fedora, Ubuntu
Posts: 1,413
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 65
I don't know about Gnome, but using KDE, as soon you insert the usb stick in the system, konqueror (the multi-protocol browser) popups in your screen showing the usb disk contents. The same for CD's and other medias.

May be KDE is a step ahead or I am just a newbie in this matter :-) Try a Gnome specific forum....
Old 01-17-2006, 11:22 PM   #3
Registered: May 2004
Location: USA-Calif
Distribution: KANOTIX!
Posts: 48

Rep: Reputation: 15

There is a thread in the SUSE forum that might contain some tips for you:

All card readers are not created equal. Perhaps you have a friend with another one you could experiment with. Or, if you have more money than patience, you could go through the Newegg reviews to find one that works reliably with Linux, such as the Sabrient SBT-ICR42B. Look at LQ's HCL, but read carefully because the ratings are subjective (one reviewer gives a unit a "10" rating, and then states: "you will probably have to recompile the kernel").

I have a flash pen that 18 months back most distros could not mount, but now it is no problem. So, you can be certain that if you buy a new reader, the old one will work fine on the next release!

Seriously, USB device handling is not bulletproof. Experience with multiple devices on multiple PCs with multiple distros (Gnome and KDE) will convince you that USB handling could use some polish.

If you don't get some forum help, try another card reader.

Good Luck!


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
removable usb storage drive (memory stick) christel Linux - Newbie 7 11-17-2006 03:18 AM
Missing memory in USB stick, flash memory, removable hd etc bamboo_spider Linux - Newbie 3 06-14-2006 05:39 PM
USB Removable Disk Autorun Dr. Bush Linux - Hardware 2 07-31-2005 02:10 PM
usb removable kde Mandrake10.0 dad Linux - Hardware 1 01-25-2005 04:53 PM
Removable usb harddisk problem. Xiangbuilder Linux - Hardware 4 08-31-2003 03:55 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:59 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration