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hi i'm a linux super noob but i am dedicated to learning how to use it and i have all sorts of trouble but the one that concerns me most right now is the fact that i can't get red hat to see my usb. I have a flashdrive that i connect and i searched in nautilus (i think thats what its called) anyways i located the directory for my cd rom and my disk drive and so on but no usb drive is available to access. So does anyone know whats going on? I have my motherboard disc with all the drivers and such on it but it was made for windows and i dont know how to install the stuff into linux.

plug in your usb drive and open a console (terminal)


login as root by doing this


su -


once you have logged in as root type the following


fdisk -l


thats a small 'l' as in larry.


paste the results of that command (the output) here.





Disk /dev/sda: 517 MB, 517521408 bytes

255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 62 cylinders

Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes


Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

/dev/sda1 1 62 497983+ 6 FAT16


Disk /dev/hda: 81.9 GB, 81964302336 bytes

255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9964 cylinders

Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes


Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

/dev/hda1 * 1 5109 41038011 83 Linux

/dev/hda2 5110 9964 38997787+ f Win95 Ext'd (LBA)

/dev/hda5 5110 5211 819283+ 82 Linux swap



there you go mate. thanks for doing this.



su -


mkdir /mnt/thumb && mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/thumb



that should make the directory /mnt/thumb and then mount the device to the directory there. You can 'cd' to that directory using "cd /mnt/thumb" and use 'ls' to list the contents of this device. If you would like the device to show on your desktop or whatever you can create a link to that device.

it wont let me mount the device there, it says:


[root@CPE000ae61c65b2-CM014060001492 root]# bash: /mnt/thumb: is a directory

/mnt/thumb &&

[1]+ Exit 126 /mnt/thumb

> mount /dev/sda1/mnt/thumb

bash: /mnt/thumb: is a directory

[root@CPE000ae61c65b2-CM014060001492 root]#



also can you give me a link to where it describes how to get mplayer codecs, i think thats why it wont work for me.

Copy and paste this:


su - (enter pass)


mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/thumb

it says dev/sda1 is not a valid block device. I did directly copy and paste your last message too but it had no response so thats why i typed it in seperately [img]<___base_url___>/uploads/emoticons/default_rolleyes.gif[/img] lol.


i am just too much of a noob i guess, dunno, still want to help me?

sorry nevermind i just finished dinking around a bit and i got it to work. Thanks man, your guidance has paid off. So now i'm wondering how to dl codecs for the mplayer, i suspect that the reason it keeps asking me to choose an application to run mpg files and avi, is cause the mplayer i dled needs the codecs to read those formats. dunno, any help?
Yes, if you have Synaptic installed you can search for xvid and divx and a pile of other codecs that mplayer will use once installed.

to get the codecs (and that should really be done in another post