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    Question USB MP3 Problem


    I have a generic MP3 player, which I also use as a removable hard drive. It is shown under Dev as SDA1, but it won't mount. Any ideas? I am using Slackware to totally remove all Microsoft Programs.

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    How are you trying to mount it? Which fs is it using?
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    It is set as a FAT16 fs, connected to USB at start-up and recognised as a removable dev - dev/sda1. When I try to mount it (as root) I get this:

    Mount dev/sda1 is not a valid block device.
    Please check that the disk is entered correctly.

    It functions perfectly well under Windows, but I don't really want to have to install Windows on my machine just for this, since I've made the transition seamlessly apart from this one thing!!

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    try this:

    Got mine to work even without editing my fstab.
    su to root and then type:
    mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt/memory.

    wherein /mnt/memory is my dir for mounting, you can make your folder if you like e.g. mkdir /usbstick. hope this helps. cheers.

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    Unhappy Usb...

    The problem seems to be that the kernel sees it as a SCSI drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k0rrupt10n
    The problem seems to be that the kernel sees it as a SCSI drive.
    SCSI or not, that shouldn't matter. Just do what rck_hitokiri said:

    su - root
    mkdir -p /mnt/memory
    mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt/memory

    Your files should now be in /mnt/memory. Before you pull it out, run this command:

    umount /mnt/memory

    Then you can remove it. Otherwise, it would probably mess some stuff up on your drive.

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    Lightbulb Solution

    Hi folks,

    I've been away for a while, but just let me clarify things.

    I've gone to Mandrake as my distro, and I no longer have any problem with devices.

    Thanx again for all help!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rck_hitokiri
    Got mine to work even without editing my fstab.
    su to root and then type:
    mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt/memory.

    wherein /mnt/memory is my dir for mounting, you can make your folder if you like e.g. mkdir /usbstick. hope this helps. cheers.
    If I'm not mistaking vfat is fat32. Probably be better to mount fat16 as type msdos.

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