Hello,

New user here ..... , and I have Slackware 9.1 installed onto a HP Omnibook 6000. Any help is appreciated.

The notebook has a USB port and I managed to mount my USB thumb drive. This is what I've done to enable USB option.

Edited /etc/rc.d/rc.modules - uncommented "/sbin/modprobe usb-uhci" line.

During reboot, I encountered some error mesages, and this is some extract from /var/log/messages file.

******** start of error messages *********
Feb 21 18:24:21 sioux kernel: hub.c: new USB device 00:07.2-1, assigned address 2
Feb 21 18:24:24 sioux kernel: Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
Feb 21 18:24:24 sioux kernel: usb.c: registered new driver usb-storage
Feb 21 18:24:24 sioux kernel: scsi1 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
Feb 21 18:24:24 sioux kernel: sda: sda1
Feb 21 18:24:24 sioux kernel: USB Mass Storage support registered.
Feb 21 18:24:54 sioux kernel: UMSDOS 0.86k (compatibility level 0.4, fast msdos)
Feb 21 18:27:42 sioux kernel: usb.c: USB disconnect on device 00:07.2-1 address 2
Feb 21 18:30:59 sioux kernel: hub.c: new USB device 00:07.2-1, assigned address 3
Feb 21 18:30:59 sioux kernel: scsi2 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
Feb 21 18:30:59 sioux kernel: sdb: sdb1
Feb 21 18:31:02 sioux usb.agent[1099]: missing kernel or user mode driver usb-storage
Feb 21 18:31:19 sioux kernel: sda: Unit Not Ready, sense:
Feb 21 18:31:19 sioux kernel: sda: I/O error: dev 08:00, sector 0
Feb 21 18:31:19 sioux kernel: sda: Unit Not Ready, sense:
Feb 21 18:31:19 sioux kernel: sda: I/O error: dev 08:00, sector 0
Feb 21 18:31:34 sioux kernel: UMSDOS 0.86k (compatibility level 0.4, fast msdos)
Feb 21 18:35:21 sioux kernel: usb.c: USB disconnect on device 00:07.2-1 address 3
*************** end of error messages *****************************

However, I was able to access my USB thumb drive by typing :-

# mount /dev/sda1 /<mount_point>
# cd /<mount_point>
(files was all present)

After finishing my work, saved it and I unmount the directory :-

#umount /<mount_point>

When I wanted to access the 2nd time, it gave me the error :-

mount: /dev/sda1 is not a valid block device

I remounted it by typing :-

#mount /dev/sdb1 /<mount_point>
#cd /<mount_point>
files was all present)

My queries are :-

i) Why didn't it allow me to remount the "/dev/sda1" device ? Since I was able to mount it , I would assume that the /dev/sda1 is reusable again.
ii) During the boot up, why were there error messages, but yet the device is present in the "lsmod" output ?

root@sioux:/# lsmod
Module Size Used by Not tainted
usb-storage 65536 0
snd-pcm-oss 37252 0
snd-mixer-oss 11992 0 [snd-pcm-oss]
parport_pc 14724 1 (autoclean)
lp 6752 0 (autoclean)
parport 23264 1 (autoclean) [parport_pc lp]
snd-maestro3 12972 0
snd-pcm 55904 0 [snd-pcm-oss snd-maestro3]
snd-timer 13252 0 [snd-pcm]
snd-page-alloc 6004 0 [snd-pcm]
snd-ac97-codec 37240 0 [snd-maestro3]
snd 27460 0 [snd-pcm-oss snd-mixer-oss snd-maestro3 snd-pcm snd-timer snd-ac97-codec]
soundcore 3332 3 [snd]
eepro100 19380 1
mii 2304 0 [eepro100]
ds 6568 4
yenta_socket 10368 2
pcmcia_core 40032 0 [ds yenta_socket]
ide-scsi 9424 0
usb-uhci 22188 0 (unused)
usbcore 58400 1 [usb-storage usb-uhci]
agpgart 39576 0 (unused)

Can someone advise me ? Much appreciated.

Rgds.