When a USB device is attached to the laptop 10.04 does not automount the device. i.e. the device, be at an external drive, memory stick or iPod does not display with the correct icon on the desktop.

However, if one looks under Places|Computer there they all are with the correct icons. The devices can then be mounted from there.

This issue seems to be related to these other posts:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1468755 and

This is really disappointing given that 10.04 was promoted on its iPod friendliness! Does any one have an idea how to fix this?

System: IBM Thinkpad T41; Pentium-M 1.6GHz; 1Gb RAM