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Old 05-08-2004, 01:30 PM   #1
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Mandrake 10, Disgo USB device

Hi All,

I have just installed Mandrake 10 Community on an HP Pavillion, and it won't recognise my Disgo Lite 128Mb USB device. The device works on Windows and Mac machines.

I consider myself quite technically minded, but am struggling with the hardware side on Linux, so grateful for any help.
Old 05-08-2004, 04:03 PM   #2
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Assuming Mandrake set up your USB properly. The modules you need to load before using your USB device.

1) sd_mod
2) usb-storage

To load them, type

modprobe sd_mod
modprobe usb-storage

If you type /sbin/lsmod and usb-storage is running but not sd_mod just load it.

You have to be as root or use su.

Sometimes hotplug will not display the device on the desktop, so check /dev for something new. It will be something like /dev/sda...../devsdz. You can use diskdrake to mount it for you. Run sync after you unmount it.
Old 05-09-2004, 08:59 AM   #3
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Many thanks for the advice, which I will try today. I presume that this is "command line" stuff?

In addition, do you mean, however, that I have to do this everytime I want to use the device? I though the whole point of USB was that you didn't need to do this sort of thing?
Old 05-09-2004, 09:52 AM   #4
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I have tried the actions you suggested, but with no success. I look in /dev/ but can't find anything like the directory you suggest, it certainly hasn't appeared in the usb directory.

Looks like it's back to Windoze!!!!
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I wonder if you managed to get your disgo working with Mandrake 10.
I am running Mandrake 9.1, and to my huge surprise found it was easy to set up my disgo.

After reading posts from google, messing around with fstab and supermount and whatnot I just gave up the cerebral approach, plugged the disgo in and rebooted.

During the boot process there was a waring about "New Hardware", but I did not have time to consider, or answer, the question it posed. So I ignored it.
When I logged in to KDE, there was a new icon on my desktop: "Hard Disc (sda1) (unmounted)". Double-clicking that mounted and opened my 128MB disgo in konqueror. Easy.

Note that you have to close all windows referencing the disgo files before you can unmount it, or you will get a "mount: /mnt/removable: device is busy" error. Unmount it by right-clicking its icon on your desktop, and waiting a variable length of time while files are writen to the disgo (it is quite s-l-o-w). When the manic flashing of the disgo has ceased, and KDE reports it as unmounted, it is safe to remove it.

After the first time, it is not necessary to boot with the disgo plugged in. Just plugin an unplug it as you wish, but don't forget to unmount it before you unplug it!
I love it, and thank the Mandrake team for making installation so easy.

Hope this helps.


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