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Old 11-06-2010, 10:55 PM   #1
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Mandriva 2010 wont access USB drive


Basically had this problem with 2009 free and now 2010 free
I can plug in the USB drive
system will see the drive in Dolphin and Konqueror
but wont access it
says access denied

I can do this easily in 2008 powerpack

any help appreciated

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Old 11-07-2010, 02:53 AM   #2
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That access denied can be from your mount options, which are in this folder; /etc/fstab. So you want to mount the USB drive as your user, and not as root so you then have full permissions and access. In that /fstab file you can add options such as; user or noauto, which allows a regular user to read and write and noauto is to not mount at boot time. There may be a mount tool in Mandriva to use to change options.
 
Old 11-18-2010, 04:21 PM   #3
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Same issue

Sorry about "hijacking" the thread, but I don't want to post the same question a second time.

I have the same issue. I can't mount USB-keys, memory cards etc. as a regular user. I know how to edit the fstab-file for fixed drives, but I don't know what the dev-name (e.g. /dev/sdb1 or something I guess) will be for the USB-key so how does it help to edit the fstab?

Is there a way of doing this so that all drives can be mounted by the user? Can I add the user to a group or change permissions of a device or of the "/media"-folder?
 
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There should be a users and groups type of section for system settings and options, ( which is in one of the GUI tools ), then you add the disk group to your user, or add your user to the disk group. Try searching for this, or look in documentation.
 
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sorry to rain on your parade here
but after asking the question I did a lot of serious googling
the problem was quite widespread across the distro back in 09
the problem is with Consolekit and UDev
Mandriva have a fix on their website which I followed without success
the problem should have been fixed for 2010

sadly another reason to ditch mandriva
2008 was great but 2009 & 2010 are terrible
me I am now looking at Mepis Linux


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Old 11-19-2010, 10:04 PM   #6
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When are you connecting your external USB drive, before boot up, or after the Mandriva is loaded ? You can try unmounting your device, then from in a terminal as temporary root (su -), then try to re-mount that USB drive with the correct mount options to allow full user permissions and access.
 
Old 11-21-2010, 09:36 AM   #7
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floppywhopper: I still don't know why it doesn't work, but for me it worked fine in Mandriva 2009.1, both on desktop and laptop, but in Mandriva 2010 I can't get it to work.

James2b: Do you think it will be mounted if I insert the device before boot? That way, as you say I can see the deviceid and mount it correctly.
 
Old 11-23-2010, 01:02 PM   #8
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floppywhopper: I still don't know why it doesn't work, but for me it worked fine in Mandriva 2009.1, both on desktop and laptop, but in Mandriva 2010 I can't get it to work.
This is strange. I use 2010.0 KDE and it auto mounts USB Thumbdrives, External HDD etc with out a hitch. I can retrieve files from them, I can save to them. I have not changed anything in settings.
Now, I am sure this is not the problem, but I am going to throw it out there. When I first installed (before doing all 650+ updates) I could not access anything external. Once I did all of the updates, it worked. Heck, it even got my wireless card working (that does not have a linux driver) with out using ndiswrapper.

Maybe try checking updates. Shot in the dark, but sometimes the obvious things are often overlooked. (Lord knows I am REAL bad at that)
 
Old 11-24-2010, 12:20 AM   #9
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Maybe try checking updates.
good idea, unfortunately not possible on a dial-up connection


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Old 11-24-2010, 05:20 AM   #10
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ichase: Thanks for the tip. I don't know what made it work in 2009.1 for me (Gnome though), but I did install updates in 2009, and haven't done that in 2010 so it's worth a try.

floppywhopper: Not really the subject for this thread, but if you have broadband access somewhere else it might be possible get the packages there and install it on your home computer. I don't know how to do it, but I've seen it searching for other information on the internet that you can download the repository information from home (that shouldn't be a problem using dialup connection), and then create a file which specifies what to download. Then you use that on a different computer to actually download the files to e.g. a USB stick/disk. I think you could technically even download the repository information from a different computer, but not sure.
 
Old 11-24-2010, 11:18 PM   #11
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It works for me. Using 2010.1 + gnome 2.30
 
  


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