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Old 06-03-2004, 01:50 AM   #1
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Linux USB doubt

I wonder how the usb port in linux works......wondering why different usb devices(example : printer, mouse, PDAs) have different ways of configuration of the usb

what should i do in order to load the usb module? once i have loaded....does it mean that i can use any of the usb devices? thanks a lot
Old 06-03-2004, 06:25 AM   #2
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Linux can access most USB devices as far as I know. Some, like some cameras for
instance, uses own protocols and requires special programs beside the normal
USB access. USB acess for devices, e.g USB mass-storage is built as kernel
modules. If you got the opportunity to choose; go for devices that uses the USB
mass-storage standard. Harddisks, "memory-keys" and some cameras (I got a Nikon
coolpics2100) uses it.
Regards, L Ekman
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how about PDA? i have a zaurus 5500 which i wanted to make a connection with my redhat 9 ....but nothing happens even i plug in the usb to the computer...any ideas?
Old 06-16-2004, 06:17 AM   #4
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You have to mount the device you are attaching.
Just like CD-ROM's and floppy disks.
And when you are done, umount the device again.
In Linux nothing is just plug-and-pray as in Windows, beucase the OS will not do anything with out you telling the system what to do.
This i a bit strange in the beginning, but you get use to it.
There are ways of auto-mounting stuff, but changing /ect/fstab that will enable some auto mounting.
Search the forum or goolge for your device + linux + mount this should help you.


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