USB stick not working after upgrade to 11.2

after upgrade to Suse 11.2 (from 11.1) my USB drive will not work. I get the message “vfat file system unrecognized” (perhaps not in those exact words). How do I get and install the correct driver?

With the usb in open a terminal and become su and do

fdisk -l

post result here

it’s possible mounting points for your usb stick have been reshuffled in some way. Before using

fdisk -l

I’d advocate becoming root, plugging in the uUSB and checking


to see which device the USB has been bound to. It could be /dev/sdb1 or /dev/sdc1 etc. You shoul dbe able to tell.
Then as root, try

mount -t auto /dev/sdc1 /mnt/sdc1

creating /mnt/sdc1 is necessary (change sdc1 to whichever device your USB has come up on).
That should get it install first time around.

Here is my fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB 40020664320 bytres
255 heads, 63 sectors/track 4865 cyl
Units = cyl. of 16065 x 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk id.: 0xcccdcccd

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 96 771088+ 82 Linux Swap/Solaris
/dev/sda2 4565 4865 2414782+ 1c Hidden W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sda3 * 97 4564 35889210 f W95 Ext’d (LBA)
/dev/sda5 97 1883 14354046 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 1884 4564 21535101 83 Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Disk /dev/sdb: 42.2 Gb 4117413880 bytes
255 heads 63 sect/track 5005 cyl
units=cyl of 16065 x 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk id 0xaaf1fa90

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 2 5005 40194630 83 Linux

Disk /dev/sdc 128 MB 128974848 bytes
16 hds 32 sect/track 492 cyl
units=cyl of 512 x 512 = 262144 bytes
Disk id: 0xa0bca0bc

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdc1 * 1 429 125936 6 FAT16

so it got bound to /dev/sdc1 after all
(you can see that, can’t you?)

However, I caught out by FAT16 … that’s really old … you realise that don’t you? vfat is the 32 bit FAT, certainly it will complain if you try mounting as 32, when it’s 16. I’m not sure why it didn’t complain.

Try the mount with -auto option I mention. It might work. I only use FAT32 or vfat myself,

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