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Ubuntu stopped reading my USB memory key.

  Date: Dec 17    Category: Unix / Linux / Ubuntu    Views: 422
  

I've just migrated this week from Kubuntu to Ubuntu and it's clear to
me that it is better supported than Kubuntu. But it has it quirks:

1. My USB mem key was working at the beginning, even after reboots. I
installed CNR, a couple of other packages and then noticed that my USB
mem key was no longer visible. It's not the key, I've tried it on my
WinXP side (duo boot) and on other machines and it works fine. I've
tried my mp4 player and an other USB mem key and THEY WORK FINE as
well!! I've rebooted, unplugged it and replugged it many times but
Ubuntu doesn't even acknowledge it in the PLACES list. I feel like
re-installing but what's to stop me from causing the same problem
again. Has anyone seen this before?

2. I can't use the proprietary driver that linux wants to provide me
for my NVIDIA video card because whenever I install it on ANY & ALL
DISTRO VERSIONS of linux that I've tried have blown up in my face. So,
what I want to know is, how do I set the resolution of the generic
drivers' installation from 1280x960 to 1280x1024? The
´Preferences/Screen Resolution' maxes out at 1280x960.

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Answer #1    Answered On: Dec 17    

What happens when you unplug it and put it back in? It should show in Places |
Removable Media on the menu bar. I use usb devices constantly with Ubuntu 8.04,
8.10 using both 32 and 64 bit and it just works. It may not give a desktop icon,
but it should mount it automatically.

> 2. I can't use the proprietary driver that linux wants
> to provide me
> for my NVIDIA video card because whenever I install it on
> ANY & ALL
> DISTRO VERSIONS of linux that I've tried have blown up
> in my face. So,
> what I want to know is, how do I set the resolution of the
> generic
> drivers' installation from 1280x960 to 1280x1024? The
> ´Preferences/Screen Resolution' maxes out at 1280x960.

I have an Nvidia card and Nvidia is well supported in Linux. I have 11 distros
installed on this computer and all use the Nvidia proprietary driver.

In Ubuntu, the best way to get an Nvidia driver is to go the System |
Administration | Hardware Drivers. It will say that there are proprietary
drivers available and in use or not in use. If you change it to in use from not
in use it will prompt you download them. Once installed you can re-boot and it
should show as in use when you go back to Hardware drivers.

Another option is to use Envy which will build a driver that matches your
graphics card with your kernel.See:
http://albertomilone.com/nvidia_scripts1..html It should be available in the
repositories.

If you cannot get it working at the proper resolution after this check you
monitor settings. A generic monitor may be the problem and not the graphics card
driver.

If you want more specific help you will have to provide information about your
graphics card and monitor with models numbers and about your computer model.

 
Answer #2    Answered On: Dec 17    

I solved problem # 1 !!!

After losing too much hair on this, including a re-install of Ubuntu
witch made no difference, I REFORMATTED (FAT32) the key just like you
would a floppy. Now it works!!! Unfortunately, I had to do that in
windows since, embarrassingly, I don't know how to do this in linux...
Yet. I guess there was some screwup that did not prevent windows from
reading the key.

As for problem #2,

You seem to be the one to ask so let me give some more details:

After Linux installation, Ubuntu (or any other distro), tells me that
it has a proprietary driver NVIDIA for me. Now when I install it, it
works! I see special effects, my screen resolution options go up, etc,
etc...

My problems start when I reboot! All traces of the newly installed
driver is gone. In fact, he has NO video drive at all and it is
demanding that I manually provide video and monitor setup information.
If I get through there, I end up with a 640x480 screen since I don't
really know how to answer those questions. To date, my only solution
has been to re-install Linux and avoid the driver. I'd love to install
and keep the driver but I've got to know how to make it stick after a
reboot.

 
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