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Old 07-16-2005, 02:33 AM   #1
arnekasper
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Angry rpm downloaded in xp box unreadable in linux box


Hello Guys,
I downloaded many rpm from mandriva mirror contrib sites to my thumb drive in XPbox. I checked that the files is ok on the thumb drive formated as FAT32.
On my linux box no files exist on my thumb drive.
What happen and how can I reach this file on my linux box.

Any tip ot help to a new bie?

Nb! I dont have internet access on linux box.
 
Old 07-16-2005, 03:00 AM   #2
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You need to mount the thumb drive in /mnt/removable as a vfat drive. It would be better to burn your rpms to a CD instead.

Funny, whenever I download an .rpm file in Windows, Real Player tries to open it. I did that for a long time because I wanted to burn my CD's with Nero.

What you do is right-click and choose 'Save Link Target As" and put it in your "to_burn" folder.

I have quit using Nero in favor of K3b. I get very few coasters with it.

Why don't you have Internet access on Linux? If it is a modem problem, then you should shell out for a real hardware modem - by the way, almost any external modem will work, while most winmodems will not. Look in the HCL lists for one that's compatible for your machine at http://www.linuxquestions.org/hcl/index.php?cat=121

Good luck,

Michael

Last edited by mhearne; 07-16-2005 at 03:02 AM.
 
Old 07-16-2005, 04:35 AM   #3
arnekasper
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Hello mhearne,
Thank's for your tip.
I am a bit uncertain what you mean by how to burn to cd,

Quote:
What you do is right-click and choose 'Save Link Target As" and put it in your "to_burn" folder.
Can you be more specific, please.

About the modem; its a long storie but:
I use an old Thinkpad for learning linux. After struggle a long time i to got my winmodem to work perfectly. Then I discover that my phone line is of very bad quality so my speed varies between a few bits per second up to maximum 25 kbits/sec. In short unusable. The line cannot be fixed so I have to go to wireless which I use on my xpbox where ftp downloads easily reach 170 kb/sec. Thailand is a nice country to live in but phonelines and broadband is in the beginning.

So my next goal is to get my Sierra Wireless Aircard 555 to work in the linux box in order to use 'urpmi' in mandriva with a nice speed altough not broadband. I am very tired with this struggling between this boxes.

Looking forward to your instruction on the CD burner.
 
Old 07-16-2005, 11:44 AM   #4
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i'll try and answer it for mhearne
i'm not sure quite what your asking but perhaps you didn't understand the english
by 'burn to cd' he means write to cd. so if you put the rpms on a cdr/cdrw while in windows then you can then just read the cd in linux.

are the xpbox and linuxbox seperate. if so you could transfer the files to the xp box over ftp (notice you mentioned wireless but it doesn't work. have you got ethernet?)

is the 'thumbdrive' a usb memory stick? if so first see if its been found by

lsusb

if its there then its a good start.
i don't know how you've determined that the files aren't on the thumbdrive but you will have to mount it in order to see them

try
mkdir /mnt/thumbdrive
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/thumbdrive -t vfat
then go to /mnt/thumbdrive and see if the files are there

hope this helps
pat
 
Old 07-17-2005, 01:10 AM   #5
arnekasper
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pats
Thank's for clarification.
Yes I have to separate boxes
No, I don't have ethernet
Yes the thumbdrive is a usb type
No, my linux (mdk 10.1) don't recognize the command 'lsusb'
The command 'mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/thumbdrive -t vfat' sda1 dont exist and I have tried all the other ones sda, sda2.... no luck.

This is obviously not my day

I use the cdrom now until .....I fix this thumbdrive.

Thank's for trying.
 
Old 07-18-2005, 05:36 PM   #6
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Hi Arne,
Sorry if I seemed vague. I posted at 3 am and went to bed.

OK, you don't have ethernet, which is the way to go here. Have you tried to format your thumbdrive with the Thinkpad? I have heard people remark that some USB drives aren't happy on Linux, such as the Sandisk products.

If you have a CD writer, then you can use the same CDRW over and over, and transfer your files that way.

You might be able to use a crossover USB or Serial cable for a direct connection, but I've never done this. Ethernet is really the way to network.

And thank you pat, for realizing the distance involved, as well as the language barrier. I missed that at first.

Michael
 
  


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