Matthew

HDD problems continue

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I am on Mageia 5 MATE. Ever since Mageia 4.1 or so, I have not been able to mount certain USB media:

  • USB thumb/flash drives work fine.
  • Mobile smartphones, music players, etc. are not able to mount. (Confusingly, my Android phone is accessible through ADB.)
  • External hard drives and backup drives are also not mountable.

This is true irrespective of the USB port or hub they are connected to, or the cable that is used to connect the devices. They are sometimes listed by lsusb or usb-devices for a short period, but this is highly inconsistent. (I should also add that these devices work fine on other distros, so they aren't failing.) I have /sys/module/usbcore/parameters/old_scheme_first set to true.

As one example, when I attempted to access my Sansa Clip+, it briefly mounted but immediately unmounted. I got the following message in dmesg:

[754311.731015] usb 2-10: device not accepting address 93, error -62

[754312.026019] usb 1-10: device not accepting address 91, error -71 

Attempting to mount the device again brought up a "could not mount, file not found" error.

Any advice would be appreciated.

JanKusanagi @i shared this.

>> Matthew:

“[...] Mobile smartphones, music players, etc. are not able to mount. (Confusingly, my Android phone is accessible through ADB.) [...]”

WRT this point, those phones and music players are probably not offering a Mass Storage interface, but an MTP interface, which requires specific software supporting that protocol to be used with them.


As for your dmesg output, I've only seen that in cases where either the USB port/controller or the USB device/cable were broken. Not saying yours are.


>> Matthew:

“[...] I should also add that these devices work fine on other distros, so they aren't failing. [...]”

Other distros on that same machine?

JanKusanagi @i at 2015-08-21T16:36:36Z

>> JanKusanagi:

Other distros on that same machine?”

Yes-- Mint and a few other distros that I tested on this machine were able to handle these devices without any trouble. This is part of why I believe the ports and cables are working correctly. The problem seems to be limited to Mageia only. (Thanks for the response, btw.)

Matthew at 2015-08-21T17:44:49Z