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    Default vmware server cannot access usb devices

    I have installed vmware server 1.0.6 on to 11.0 host. The guest is windows xp. I cannot access any usb devices in the guest. any ideas on what to do?
    Last edited by san100; 25-Jul-2008 at 07:31. Reason: added more info

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    Default Re: vmware server cannot access usb devices

    On Fri, 2008-07-25 at 14:36 +0000, san100 wrote:
    > I have installed vmware server 1.0.6 on to 11.0 host. The guest is
    > windows xp. I cannot access any usb devices in the guest. any ideas on
    > what to do?
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    AFAIK, vmware only has LIMITED device support via USB (e.g. disk
    drives... and even then, probably not all).



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    Default Re: vmware server cannot access usb devices

    On Fri, 25 Jul 2008 14:36:04 GMT
    san100 <san100@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

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    > I have installed vmware server 1.0.6 on to 11.0 host. The guest is
    > windows xp. I cannot access any usb devices in the guest. any ideas
    > on what to do?
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    >

    Hi
    You need to change the usbfs in /etc/fstab from noauto to auto

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    Default Re: vmware server cannot access usb devices

    I dont have usbfs in my fstab file, here is my fstab file



    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_IC25N060ATMR04-_MRA301KEKJ43JH-part1 swap swap defaults 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_IC25N060ATMR04-_MRA301KEKJ43JH-part2 / ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 1
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_IC25N060ATMR04-_MRA301KEKJ43JH-part3 /home ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 2
    proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
    sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0
    debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto 0 0
    devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0

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    Default Re: vmware server cannot access usb devices

    Then add it:
    Code:
    usbfs                /proc/bus/usb        usbfs      auto                0 0

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    Default Re: vmware server cannot access usb devices

    ok I have added the line to fstab but I still cannot access usb in the guest

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    Default Re: vmware server cannot access usb devices

    Did you make sure usbfs got mounted before you started VMware?

    mount -a

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    Default Re: vmware server cannot access usb devices

    I am new to this,
    I assume I nead to mount from the command line so I did and got this

    steve@linux-88pa:~> su
    Password:
    linux-88pa:/home/steve # mount -a
    [mntent]: warning: no final newline at the end of /etc/fstab
    linux-88pa:/home/steve #

    I don't know what the warning means but usb is now working, Thanks.

    Will I have to mount every time I start up, or will it start automatically from here on?

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    Default Re: vmware server cannot access usb devices

    With the auto parameter it'll start automatically.

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