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Old 11-11-2011, 07:07 PM   #1
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SANDISK 4G Pendrive wont mount on Mac G4 w/Debian 6


i noticed a few similar posts but the first one yielded no results and subsequent attempts to click on the <FIND SIMILAR THREADS> failed to navigate away so here goes:

i can.t seem to get my thumbdrive (or external hd.s for that matter) to mount on my G4 running debian squeeze. interestingly enough, the requisite mac laptop fan does work when i plug that in. here is what tried so far ( pared down the info as much as possible):

# tail -f /var/log/messages
[3905.569563] scsi 3:0:0:0: Direct-Access SanDisk 1.02 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2

# fdisk -l
/dev/hda1-hda6, listing the usual suspects, swaps, etc. but NO info regarding the thumbrive

since i get a message "line 8 in /etc/fstab is bad" when i plug in the device, i tried:

# nano fstab
and tried changing
'noauto' to 'auto' but that didn.t work either.

i have also tried making the requisite directory and then mounting but have also had no luck with that maneuver.

i have been using debian on my thinkpad and this G4 for about 10 months now and up to this point, have been able to googlize my way out of every problem so i.m bummed out to have to post but i need the help.

thanks in advance,
Old 11-12-2011, 12:06 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ.

Go the the main menu and select System Settings.

When the settings app opens, you will have two tabs at the top named General and Advanced. Click on Advanced.

In the items listed, click on Removable Devices. You should see your thumbdrive listed (if it's plugged in). You can configure the system's response when removable devices are plugged in.
Old 11-13-2011, 05:08 PM   #3
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thanks for the response, i appreciate it.

perhaps i should have mentioned i.m running the gnome desktop. i can.t navigate the path you suggested:
in the <MAIN MENU> the only reference to 'system' i get is <SYSTEM TOOLS> which does not lead me to the
tabs you mentioned. in the tool bar there is a reference to 'system' but under <PREFERENCES> i see
nothing along those lines either. is the path you mentioned for kde or some other desktop manager?

in any case, i punked out and re-installed with an iso that i knew would solve the problem, as i didn.t
encounter this trouble till trying a net-install that supposedly included all the wifi goodies i would
need to make my mac-based driver problem go away (it didn.t).

thanks again and keep on truckin',


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