Last revised Dec 26, 2000
Tested on eDesktop 2.4
Warning - this stepbystep involves recompiling your kernel. Not for the faint of heart and most newbies. Go to the StepbyStepSite and read the section on recompiles.
Make certain to either compile in USB support or make it available as modules. You need at least CONFIG_USB, CONFIG_USB_UHCI, CONFIG_USB_OHCI and CONFIG_USB_STORAGE. If you have other USB devices you may want to select more.
These drives also use scsi support so remember to turn this on in the kernel. Also you will need at least SCSI disk support, and SCSI generic support. You might need more if you have other devices. I have a CD-R and also select SCSI CD-ROM support.
If you aren't sure check /proc/pci and look for the USB entry. If this entry is of the form 0xe400 then it is UHCI and if it looks like 0xee000000 then it is OHCI. Failing that just try one or both.
Modprobe usb-uhci or Modprobe usb-ohci.
usb-ohci or usb-uhci
/dev/sda4 /mnt/zip vfat noauto user 0 0
mount /dev/sda4 /mnt/zip
Alternatively you can mount the drive by hand with the
mount -t vfat /dev/sda4 /mnt/zip .
I find this gets tedious and I prefer to access my drive with an icon on the desktop see below.
Right click on the desktop and choose New and then File system device. Name the drive on the window that comes up by selecting Device and replacing it with whatever you want. Then go to the Device tab and fill in the Device window. An appropriate entry would be /dev/sda4. Violá
Further information about USB and the Linux USB project can be found at http://www.linux-usb.org.