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Hi! I am new at this and I need some help. I am using a dual boot XP and Mandrake 10.1 on a laptop. The problem is Mandrake does not ...
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    Mandrake 10.1 not detecting a flash drive


    Hi! I am new at this and I need some help. I am using a dual boot XP and Mandrake 10.1 on a laptop. The problem is Mandrake does not detect my Lexar Jump Drive (flash memory) during the boot process. After entering ?dmesg? from the root I did not observe anything that suggested a flash drive. I am also trying a Ubuntu Live CD running on the CD Rom, it detects and mounts the drive as ?sda1?. I wish to use Mandrake 10.1, can any one help me with this problem?

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    did you try running this as root from the command line:
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    mkdir /mnt/sda1
    mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1
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    Hey BillF

    here a quick tutorial that will get you on track for sure

    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/topic-26510.html

    Dont hesitate to hit us back if you need more info
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    Thanks Guys for the help! However, I did as suggested and then when I entered the final mount command from the mnt dir I received the following:

    mount: can't find /dev/sda1/mnt/usbflash in /etc/fstab or /etc/ mtap

    I then entered: cd /etc/fstab and received the following:

    bash: cd: /etc/fstab not a directory

    There is a heading for both fstab & mtab in the etc dir, however, no directory for either one.

    So I guess the next thing to do is to address the fstab issue. What do you suggest?

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillF
    mount: can't find /dev/sda1/mnt/usbflash in /etc/fstab or /etc/ mtap
    bash: cd: /etc/fstab not a directory
    in your mount command, theres an error there should be a space between sda1 and /mnt

    and in your commanf cd /etc/fstab, that also is a little mistake since fstab is a file not a directory

    you'll get this working
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    Hi,

    I just set up a dual boot (Mandrake 10.1 / Windows), and using the tips above, Linux now recognizes that I have a Lexar Jump Drive, and will show the file names that are on the drive, but when I try to open any of them it says access denied, like I don't have permission to view them or something (and I was in root). Am I doing something wrong?

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    Re: EmeraldStar

    To give yourself the proper permissions enter the following on the xterm:

    #chmod 777 /mnt/{name of flash drive}

    It should be as simple as that.

    You can do it!
    (xterm=terminal=command line)
    (chmod=change mode=change permissions)
    (777=rwxrwxrwx=read, write, and execute permissions for Root, User, and Guest accounts)[/i]

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