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Old 12-12-2007, 04:19 AM   #1
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usb flash disk detected but cannot mount


hi. . just installed OpenSuse 10.3 on my windows vmware. . i have this problem.. my sandisk 512mb flash disk is detected (as inserted) --with the messages from /var/log/messages BUT it seems it does not have the mount point for it to be accessed.

i cant copy the messages here since i cant copy the text from the Vmware guest server and to be pasted here. . .

any ideas? i spent almost 2hrs in searching for the solution in google.. but i really cant find the answer. . pls help. .
 
Old 12-12-2007, 05:25 AM   #2
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To copy messages - pipe them to a text file, save the text file someplace you can get to it with an internet-capable machine. Open file, copy text. This may mean saving to removable media.

You see, we need to know what the syslog is saying about the drive. Probably starts with stuff about a new full-speed USB device being detected, loading usb-mass-storage or something. Some message should talk about assigning a device file... or reporting an error.

If a device file is assigned, you can mount it.

... as root:
mkdir /media/usbdisk
mount -t vfat /dev/sde5 /media/usbdisk

However - vmware installs can have trouble with some periferal devices. You are better off installing to dual-boot.
 
Old 12-12-2007, 05:32 AM   #3
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To copy messages - pipe them to a text file, save the text file someplace you can get to it with an internet-capable machine. Open file, copy text. This may mean saving to removable media.

You see, we need to know what the syslog is saying about the drive. Probably starts with stuff about a new full-speed USB device being detected, loading usb-mass-storage or something. Some message should talk about assigning a device file... or reporting an error.

If a device file is assigned, you can mount it.

... as root:
mkdir /media/usbdisk
mount -t vfat /dev/sde5 /media/usbdisk
1. hmm i am not yet into configuring the network first.. and my problem is how to use the usb drive..

2. as per my var/log/messages -- yes the usb drive is being read as what you said ASIDE from the assignment location. . . that is what keeping it diffucult for me

i have tried sda-sda3 but i failed. .
 
Old 12-12-2007, 05:45 AM   #4
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What is the device node that the device is assigned? Also if you look at the contents of /media is the usb disk not shown in there?
 
Old 12-12-2007, 05:56 AM   #5
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What is the device node that the device is assigned? Also if you look at the contents of /media is the usb disk not shown in there?

the content of /media is only FLOPPY. ..

as per the device assignment.. no output. .(as per the /var/log/messages)

the only messages appeared are ::

Quote:
kernel: usb 1-1: new full speed USB device using uhci_hdc and address 2
kernel: usb 1-1:new device found , idVendor=0781, idProduct=7105
kernel: usb 1-1:Product: Cruzer Mini
kernel: usb 1-1:Manufacturer: SanDisk Corp.
kernel: usb 1-1:serial number : xxxxxx
kernel: usb 1-1:Configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
 
Old 12-12-2007, 06:22 AM   #6
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Can you post the output of running lsusb. Also when you plugin in the usb stick, run dmesg to see if the system recognises that you have plugged in a new usb device.
 
Old 12-12-2007, 06:29 AM   #7
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Can you post the output of running lsusb. Also when you plugin in the usb stick, run dmesg to see if the system recognises that you have plugged in a new usb device.
lsusb -- command not found -- and i used ROOT . .

the dmesg output is similar to the one i posted. .

(the reason is i cant copy the whole thing since my vmware's network connection with its host is not yet configured
 
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If lsusb is not found, then install usbutils.
 
Old 12-12-2007, 06:40 AM   #9
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If lsusb is not found, then install usbutils.

oic.. but even if i download usbutils.. i still cant copy it in my guest OS since the usb drive cannot be mounted

actually the reason for having an attempt to use the usb drive is because i have dwnloaded mysql and i plan to install it in my guest OS..
 
Old 12-12-2007, 06:52 AM   #10
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I see, well thats too bad since lsusb would have helped diagnose the problem with the usb disk. Can't you install it from the openSUSE discs (assuming you use the full cd set or the dvd to install openSUSE) using YAST?
 
Old 12-12-2007, 07:02 AM   #11
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I see, well thats too bad since lsusb would have helped diagnose the problem with the usb disk. Can't you install it from the openSUSE discs (assuming you use the full cd set or the dvd to install openSUSE) using YAST?

no because actually i just used the iso image from distrowatch.. i just linked it to be able for vmware to read the .iso image of opensuse9.3

 
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Not sure what good mysql is without network access, but that's your business.
Your priorities are out - you want to get network going first.
But you have misunderstood me... if you enter:

dmesg > syslog.txt

you'll see a file is created in your working directory containing the output of the dmesg command. You can then use SuSE to copy it to, say, a floppy disk. The floppy can be accessed by whatever you use to connect to the internet. There may be other places you can copy it to (I don't know, it's your machine) that are even easier. Anyway, that is how you can copy and paste.

Same with other commands.

However - you seem to be doing OK. Which ISO did you get? Can you provide a link for it?
I'm guessing it's an install ISO - but SuSE9.3 is quite old now.

Lets have a look around what VMWare thinks a SuSE Linux 9.3 install is...

What is the output of ls /dev/sd*
What is the output of whereis lsusb
 
Old 12-12-2007, 09:44 AM   #13
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Not sure what good mysql is without network access, but that's your business.
Your priorities are out - you want to get network going first.
But you have misunderstood me... if you enter:

dmesg > syslog.txt

you'll see a file is created in your working directory containing the output of the dmesg command. You can then use SuSE to copy it to, say, a floppy disk. The floppy can be accessed by whatever you use to connect to the internet. There may be other places you can copy it to (I don't know, it's your machine) that are even easier. Anyway, that is how you can copy and paste.

Same with other commands.

However - you seem to be doing OK. Which ISO did you get? Can you provide a link for it?
I'm guessing it's an install ISO - but SuSE9.3 is quite old now.

Lets have a look around what VMWare thinks a SuSE Linux 9.3 install is...

What is the output of ls /dev/sd*
What is the output of whereis lsusb

o sorry its 10.3 -- from distrowatch.com

1. ls /dev/sd*
/dev/sda
/dev/sda1
/dev/sda2
/dev/sda3

2. whereis lsusb
lsusb:

#find / -name lsusb
# (back to prompt) 0 resutls
 
Old 12-12-2007, 10:27 AM   #14
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1. ls /dev/sd*
/dev/sda
/dev/sda1
/dev/sda2
/dev/sda3
... even with the drive plugged in?
 
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Could this be a vmware configuration problem? Maybe you don't see the usb drive because vmware isn't configured to provide it.
 
  


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