LinuxQuestions.org
Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 12-11-2007, 04:33 PM   #1
Afierra
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2007
Posts: 8

Rep: Reputation: 0
Getting USB to work in Backtrack 2


Greetings everyone, I have successfully installed backtrack 2 to my harddrive in a dual boot with windows XP. I have ran into my first problem with backtrack 2, I cannot get the USB to recognize my flash drive when I plug it in. I plug the flash drive into the USB port, and nothing happens. I have researched quite a bit and even asked some linux friends if they had any ideas, but so far we have come up short. I have an HP Pavilion dv9000 laptop.

Here is what I have tried.

tail -f /var/log/messages
Then I plug in / out the USB drive and get no output as far as to what the system would be calling my flash drive.

lspci
I have tried this command and I get ~zero~ output. This seemed weird to one person, he tried it on his laptop and got a ton of data output.

dmesg
lots of output but I could not see anything that resembled a "usb" listing like shown here . I even edited my lilo.conf in hopes that the fix for that user would fix mine, but it didnt. I had added append="acpi=noirq" to lilo.conf

lsusb
Again, no output with this command

I cannot seem to find out what exactly my computer is "labeling" my flash drive. If I knew that, I could mount it. I have tried /dev/sda1 and many others. My friend with his dell laptop seemed to have it easy, backtrack 2 labeled his /dev/sda1.

Thank you in advance for any help!
 
Old 12-11-2007, 06:27 PM   #2
David1357
Senior Member
 
Registered: Aug 2007
Location: South Carolina, U.S.A.
Distribution: Ubuntu, Fedora Core, Red Hat, SUSE, Gentoo, DSL, coLinux, uClinux
Posts: 1,302
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 107Reputation: 107
Quote:
Originally Posted by Afierra View Post
lspci
I have tried this command and I get ~zero~ output. This seemed weird to one person, he tried it on his laptop and got a ton of data output.
That either means your chipset is not supported, or you have a serious bug in your kernel.
 
Old 12-11-2007, 08:32 PM   #3
Afierra
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2007
Posts: 8

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
if it is a serious bug in the kernel, would getting a different iso to install or should i just try to reinstall it again to fix the issue?
 
Old 12-12-2007, 01:12 AM   #4
LlNUX
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2007
Location: Sydney, Australia
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 63

Rep: Reputation: 15
does your kernel have usb support ? Also have a look if you have modules for usb compiled along with your kernel. should be somewhere in /lib/modules/<your_kernel>.

also try:
mount usb in linux
 
Old 12-12-2007, 08:54 AM   #5
David1357
Senior Member
 
Registered: Aug 2007
Location: South Carolina, U.S.A.
Distribution: Ubuntu, Fedora Core, Red Hat, SUSE, Gentoo, DSL, coLinux, uClinux
Posts: 1,302
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 107Reputation: 107
Quote:
Originally Posted by Afierra View Post
if it is a serious bug in the kernel, would getting a different iso to install or should i just try to reinstall it again to fix the issue?
I would try a different LiveCD first. If you can boot an Ubuntu Install CD and see output from "lspci" and "lsusb", you will know your installation has a serious problem.

After that, you can re-install BackTrack and see if things improve. If they don't, you can then try another distro, or you could seek help from the BackTrack folks. It may be a known issue with their distro.
 
Old 12-12-2007, 09:28 AM   #6
nc3b
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2005
Posts: 330

Rep: Reputation: 32
[OFFTOPIC]
Yeah.. I don't know about asking anything at the backtrack forum.. I once asked something very legitimate at their forums and they all laughed at me.
I had seen a really nice looking "program" (I didn't know what is was) that displayed statistics, network usage, cpu usage and so on. So I downloaded the whole thing, ran it and couldn't figure out what it was:-/
So I asked at their forums, and after being called n00b, dumb, and so on in a few posts, someone actually answered the question (all after pretending not to understand it). It was a plain Karamba widget (rather childish really, and using LOTS of resources).
So, be prepared if you go at their forum. Cheers.
 
Old 12-12-2007, 11:09 AM   #7
Afierra
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2007
Posts: 8

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Well thanks for the info so far, appreciate it a lot. I am going to try a different cd and if that doesnt work I will try other options I guess. I loaded the ubuntu 7.1 live cd and did a lspci and got a lot of output, so its definately something with my install I am guessing.
 
Old 12-12-2007, 11:52 AM   #8
David1357
Senior Member
 
Registered: Aug 2007
Location: South Carolina, U.S.A.
Distribution: Ubuntu, Fedora Core, Red Hat, SUSE, Gentoo, DSL, coLinux, uClinux
Posts: 1,302
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 107Reputation: 107
Quote:
Originally Posted by Afierra View Post
I loaded the ubuntu 7.1 live cd and did a lspci and got a lot of output, so its definately something with my install I am guessing.
That is a very bad sign for your BackTrack installation. Just for grins and giggles, what does "uname -a" show in BackTrack?
 
Old 12-12-2007, 12:56 PM   #9
Afierra
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2007
Posts: 8

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by David1357 View Post
what does "uname -a" show in BackTrack?
The output from this command was:

Linux bt 2.6.20-BT-PwnSauce-NOSMP #3 Sat Feb 24 15:52:59 GMT 2007 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
 
  


Reply


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
configsave doesn't work in Backtrack 2 freelancer42 Linux - General 0 11-08-2007 12:36 PM
Which wireless USB adapter should I buy to use with BackTrack? phrozenfearz Linux - Hardware 2 12-20-2006 01:26 AM
USB 2.0 jump drive in USB 1.1 slot won't work? zwyrbla Slackware 2 09-27-2004 09:26 PM
USB thumb drive works great, but I still can't get my USB mouse to work. blk96gt Slackware 8 06-22-2004 02:52 AM
USB 2.0 External Disk Wont Work, but almost in USB 1.1 integr8er Linux - Hardware 2 03-13-2004 10:22 AM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:15 AM.

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