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Old 01-07-2006, 11:45 PM   #1
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Question "Patriot" 1GB Memory Stick


SuSE 9.3

I have a Patriot 1GB USB Memory Stick which won't let me write to it, but I am able to copy from the stick.

I have tried from root as well to with no Luck.

Manufacturer says that it is Linux compatible as long as it has USB Support.

The dmesg is:

usb 4-4: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2
Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
scsi0 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
usbcore: registered new driver usb-storage
USB Mass Storage support registered.
usb-storage: device found at 2
usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
Vendor: Model: USB DISK Pro Rev: PMAP
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 00
SCSI device sda: 2048 512-byte hdwr sectors (1 MB)
sda: Write Protect is off
sda: Mode Sense: 23 00 00 00
sda: assuming drive cache: write through
SCSI device sda: 2048 512-byte hdwr sectors (1 MB)
sda: Write Protect is off
sda: Mode Sense: 23 00 00 00
sda: assuming drive cache: write through
sda:<6>SCSI error : <0 0 0 0> return code = 0x8000002
sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
Additional sense: Unrecovered read error
end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 0
SCSI error : <0 0 0 0> return code = 0x8000002
sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
Additional sense: Unrecovered read error
end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 0
SCSI error : <0 0 0 0> return code = 0x8000002
sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
Additional sense: Unrecovered read error
end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 0
unable to read partition table
Attached scsi removable disk sda at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
Attached scsi generic sg0 at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 0, type 0
Vendor: Model: USB DISK Pro Rev: PMAP
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 00
SCSI device sdb: 1968128 512-byte hdwr sectors (1008 MB)
sdb: Write Protect is on
sdb: Mode Sense: 23 00 80 00
sdb: assuming drive cache: write through
SCSI device sdb: 1968128 512-byte hdwr sectors (1008 MB)
sdb: Write Protect is on
sdb: Mode Sense: 23 00 80 00
sdb: assuming drive cache: write through
sdb: sdb1
Attached scsi removable disk sdb at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 1
Attached scsi generic sg1 at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 1, type 0
usb-storage: device scan complete
ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 3
ISOFS: changing to secondary root



Using it with Windows 2000 shows the stick to work just fine


Another USB Stick: "IBM 256MB" works just fine with SuSE 9.3

Any ideas?
 
Old 01-08-2006, 06:30 AM   #2
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Looks like it is recognizes as two different disks (sda and sdb), while only sdb is the mountable partition.

Try a manual mount: mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 /media/usbdisk -o umask=000

Still no luck? Try to re-format the drive.
 
Old 01-08-2006, 08:20 PM   #3
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Also, some pen drives have a write-lock switch (just like floppies) - check that it is in the unlocked position
 
Old 01-09-2006, 04:16 AM   #4
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Tried that
Result:
mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 /media/usbdisk -o umask=000
mount: block device /dev/sdb1 is write-protected, mounting read-only

No Luck
I have already tried to re-partition and format the Stick but YAST won't have a bar of it.
Is there some commands that let's me take off the write protection?
 
Old 01-09-2006, 04:25 AM   #5
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J.W
This one doesn't but it has (or had) a Software on the stick that let's you have a Password protected partition.
I have removed the Password protection, then repartitioned it with their Windows Software using WIN2000 and made the "Public Partition" the main one.
Windows sees both Partition and gives me full access, while Linux sees just the one in Konqueror and let's me copy but not write to it.
 
Old 01-10-2006, 01:08 PM   #6
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After you mount it to /media/usbdisk, what are the permissions for that directory (ie, /media/usbdisk)?
Code:
ls -l /media/usbdisk
You should see W privs, if not, use chmod to change them, as in "chmod 766 /media/usbdisk". The umask ought to do the same thing but if you still can't write to it, it might be worth manually setting the directory privs using chmod. Good luck with it
 
Old 01-10-2006, 02:34 PM   #7
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Hi,
This may be far out but have you tried another port? I had an occasion to call sandisk for a similar problem on a MS system..The tek rep suggested plugging it into the rear port instead of the front port..I po-po'ed the idea but you know to my surprise it worked..He said I need to get a powered hub because the system port could not supply enough current to the Usb drive..I saw where yours is 1 gig..That would indicate it needs a lot of juice..
Anyway worth a try..
Goodluck,
jolphil
 
Old 01-11-2006, 02:23 AM   #8
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Thanks for everybody's help
This is part of the dialog that I had on another forum in the off topic section
I have contacted the manufacturer in the meantime and here is the dialog:

But here is one of the Gotcha Evil or Very Mad
I got for XMas a new 1 GB memory stick from my wife
On the back of the box it says to be also Linux compatible. But no matter what I tried it wouldn't let me write to the stick..copy from it YES....Delete/move/write..NO
It's write attributes are always turned off when checking the dmesg. No setting of the permissions will let you do it.
After hours of trying and searching the Net I finally e-mailed the manufacterer.

Here is his reply:

Hi Alfred

As of right now our usb memory stick don't work with the linux os system
and as of right now it will only work with the windows os. Sorry for the
inconvenience.

Tech Support

-----Original Message-----
From: ****k@o******et.com.au [mailto***ck@***m.au]
Sent: Saturday, January 07, 2006 9:40 PM
To: Support
Subject: Technical Support

FROM: Alfred ****
EMAIL: ***k@***et.com.au


MEMORY: USB Memory Stick 1GB
OS: Linux SuSE 9.3
DESCRIPTION: The 1 GB memory stick will mount and lets me read and copy
from it, but I can't write to it.
Even using Administrator (root) priviliges won't allow me to write/move
or delete items of it.
Does work fine with MS WIN2000 OS.
I own another IBM memory stick which works just fine.

This thing is going back to where I bought it and either they replace it with one that does work or I will have my money back Evil or Very Mad Thumbs Down
 
Old 01-11-2006, 02:28 AM   #9
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I have contacted the manufacturer in the meantime and here is the dialog:

But here is one of the Gotcha
I got for XMas a new 1 GB memory stick from my wife
On the back of the box it says to be also Linux compatible. But no matter what I tried it wouldn't let me write to the stick..copy from it YES....Delete/move/write..NO
It's write attributes are always turned off when checking the dmesg. No setting of the permissions will let you do it.
After hours of trying and searching the Net I finally e-mailed the manufacterer.

Here is his reply:

Hi Alfred

As of right now our usb memory stick don't work with the linux os system
and as of right now it will only work with the windows os. Sorry for the
inconvenience.

Tech Support

-----Original Message-----
From: ****k@o******et.com.au [mailto***ck@***m.au]
Sent: Saturday, January 07, 2006 9:40 PM
To: Support
Subject: Technical Support

FROM: Alfred ****
EMAIL: ***k@***et.com.au


MEMORY: USB Memory Stick 1GB
OS: Linux SuSE 9.3
DESCRIPTION: The 1 GB memory stick will mount and lets me read and copy
from it, but I can't write to it.
Even using Administrator (root) priviliges won't allow me to write/move
or delete items of it.
Does work fine with MS WIN2000 OS.
I own another IBM memory stick which works just fine.

This thing is going back to where I bought it and either they replace it with one that does work or I will have my money back
 
  


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