[svlug] USB flashdrive problems

Andrew Wilcox andrew.r.wilcox at gmail.com
Thu Sep 20 16:41:54 PDT 2007

What is the output of "ls /dev | grep ^sd" ?

And you mention that it works on a Live CD.  Does it have a different
kernel than the one you are using?  Can you possibly install its

On 9/20/07, Larry Colen <lrc at red4est.com> wrote:
> We have what is effectively an embedded system. We are doing a
> monolithic (no modules) 2.6.9 kernel. If need be, we could go to
> modules, but for the time being we're stuck with 2.6.9. We need to
> mount a USB flash drive as storage.
> If I boot the system from a live CD, it finds, mounts and reads the
> flash drive just fine as sda1, vfat filesystem.
> No matter what I do, when I mount it, I get the error message:
> bash-3.00# mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt
> mount: /dev/sda1 is not a valid block device
> I've enabled SCSI, USB, UHCI, EHCI ...
> --
>                 Boole is well known. True or False?
> Larry Colen             lrc at red4est.com            http://www.red4est.com/lrc
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Andrew Wilcox
Systems Administrator
Wilcox Technologies

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