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Thread: usb flash drive works in 12.04 but not in 13.10

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    usb flash drive works in 12.04 but not in 13.10

    Hi! has anyone any knowhow to explain why a flashdrive (kingston usb) would mount in 12.04 but fail to mount in saucy salamander... This is the first fault i've found in 13.10 which I have been trialling for the past three or four months.
    I am very impressed with this distro and the usb anomality is the first problem I've had
    Code:
    Disk /dev/sdf: 16.0 GB, 15971909632 bytes
    100 heads, 36 sectors/track, 8665 cylinders, total 31195136 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x04030201
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdf1            2416    31195135    15596360    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    ortermagic@ortermagic-Centurion-CPD-1303:~$ lsusb
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 18e3:9102 Fitipower Integrated Technology Inc Multi Card Reader
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 006 Device 002: ID 040b:2013 Weltrend Semiconductor 
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 006: ID 0951:1643 Kingston Technology DataTraveler G3
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 046d:0807 Logitech, Inc. Webcam B500
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    I have highlighted the device in red as it appears in lsusb.
    It does not appear in gparted

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    Re: usb flash drive works in 12.04 but not in 13.10

    Does it show up when you do an fdisk -l (the option is a lower case 'L')? How is it formatted: NTFS, FAT32, ext4, or some other file system?

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    Re: usb flash drive works in 12.04 but not in 13.10

    What kernel are you using that it fails in?
    boot_info_script | AMD64 Athlon X2 Dual-Core - nVidia Geforce 6150 SE - 4GB DDR3

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    Re: usb flash drive works in 12.04 but not in 13.10

    Hi, thanks for the response, the flash dongle does not show up using fdisk -l I get the following...
    ortermagic@ortermagic-Centurion-CPD-1303:~$ fdisk -l
    ortermagic@ortermagic-Centurion-CPD-1303:~$
    It is on /dev/sdb1 formatted to fat32.
    The kernel is..3.10.0-6 generic
    Hope that's a help

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    Re: usb flash drive works in 12.04 but not in 13.10

    You need root privileges for fdisk.

    Code:
     sudo fdisk -lu
    I have heard of temporary problems with some USB drives also in 13.04. It is probably a driver, that is not 100%. The problem is that the USB devices vary (both hardware and firmware), and it is hard to make drivers that cooperate well with all of them. With another version of the kernel you might be able to mount it.

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    Re: usb flash drive works in 12.04 but not in 13.10

    Thanks sudodus, Didn't know that, well truth is I don't really know all that much about anything any more
    ortermagic@ortermagic-Centurion-CPD-1303:~$ sudo fdisk -lu
    [sudo] password for ortermagic:

    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00054011

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 2048 9766911 4882432 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda2 9768958 976770446 483500744+ 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 9768960 482631679 236431360 83 Linux
    /dev/sda6 482633728 976770446 247068359+ 83 Linux

    Disk /dev/sdb: 16.0 GB, 15971909632 bytes
    100 heads, 36 sectors/track, 8665 cylinders, total 31195136 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x04030201

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 2416 31195135 15596360 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)

    ortermagic@ortermagic-Centurion-CPD-1303:~$
    This is the terminal output I got, does it give you a clue?

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    Re: usb flash drive works in 12.04 but not in 13.10

    The red text indicates that the system finds a FAT32 partition on the 16GB drive. I suppose it is your pendrive.

    Can you mount it with the following command?

    Code:
    sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt
    Check with
    Code:
    df

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    Re: usb flash drive works in 12.04 but not in 13.10

    sudodus, I followed your advice the device seems to have mounted, but I cannot find it in any of the usual places.
    enclosed screen shot may be useful for someone with an educated eye
    Last edited by ortermagic; September 9th, 2013 at 02:07 PM. Reason: I am not sure how to post image (I have not read the manual)

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    Re: usb flash drive works in 12.04 but not in 13.10

    according to parted it is already mounted on /mnt
    Last edited by ortermagic; September 9th, 2013 at 02:18 PM.

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    Re: usb flash drive works in 12.04 but not in 13.10

    You change directory in file browser to

    /mnt

    and you should find it.

    If you unmount the partition with

    Code:
    sudo umount /mnt
    unplug and replug the drive, maybe you can find it and mount it with the file browser. Depending on version it may appear in different places.

    12.04: /media/'label' (if there is a label)

    13.10: /media/'username'/'label'

    If there are problems, you may need to add execute permissions for all for the /media/'username' directory.

    Code:
    sudo chmod ugo+x /media/'username'
    where 'username' should be replaced with your current user name.

    Code:
    sudo chmod ugo+x /media/ortermagic

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