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Thread: USB Flash drive problems in VMWare

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    USB Flash drive problems in VMWare

    I am running ubuntu 8.04 with VMware server running XP. I have a flash drive that I am trying to access via the XP VM. When I plug it in Ubuntu finds it no problem. It also appears in the VM console as a usb drive. But when I click connect from the console I get:

    Remote USB device error: Remote device disconnected: an error occured while sending data.


    After that the red X appears over the drive. Any ideas on what could be causing this? It seems strange because I am able to connect my iPhone 3G in the VM but the flash drive fails. Any help would be appreciated, I am a total Ubuntu noob trying to convert...

    Thanks,

    -A

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    Re: USB Flash drive problems in VMWare

    Is there a chance that a driver disk came with the USB drive that is to be installed in Windows? Just a thought...
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    Re: USB Flash drive problems in VMWare

    no, that isn't the issue. the issue is getting it to recognize at all within the windows VM. It doesn't get to the point where I'd be able to add the driver...

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    Re: USB Flash drive problems in VMWare

    You simply load and run the driver program, from a CD or wherever it is stored, while you are in Windows VM, not in the USB Devices menu.

    Many folks have found that adding this line to /etc/fstab fixed the issue:

    Code:
    usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs auto 0 0
    Maybe it would for you.
    Last edited by fjgaude; October 3rd, 2008 at 05:53 PM.
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    Re: USB Flash drive problems in VMWare

    tried it but no go. I'll keep hunting...thanks for the suggestion.

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    Re: USB Flash drive problems in VMWare

    After some more hunting the only other users I see with this issue are in Germany and they don't seem to have found a solution either. getting desperate...

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    Re: USB Flash drive problems in VMWare

    I got it! BUY A NEW FLASH DRIVE. lol. But really try out other flash drives are be sure that it's specific to that flash drive. Because they can act really strange sometimes. Apparently it's not the usb hub in VMWare, it's all about the device or maybe just flash drive support in general, so give another one a try.

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    Re: USB Flash drive problems in VMWare

    Hi,
    I had the same problem

    I have find this solution

    In the file /etc/fstab

    You add the following lines

    usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs auto 0 0
    none /proc/bus/usb usbfs devgid=46,devmode=664 0 0

    Good luck

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    Re: USB Flash drive problems in VMWare

    PROBLEM SOLVED!!!!

    Many thanks...

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    Re: USB Flash drive problems in VMWare

    Yep this worked for me, too...Thanks!

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