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Subject: RE: usb-storage not recognizing archos 20g fm recorder in linux

RE: usb-storage not recognizing archos 20g fm recorder in linux

From: Fred Maxwell <>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 10:12:23 -0400

> You need to remove (rmmod) ide-scsi before the Archos will be
> recognized (at least with RH8, RH9). The problem is that
> both the USB driver and the ide-scsi drive implement a pseudo
> SCSI interface which then control the Archos or CDROM,
> respectively. The problem is, the SCSI/ide-scsi/usb
> subsystem doesn't have a way of distinguishing whether a SCSI
> disk command should go to the IDE driver or the USB driver,
> and the IDE driver always seems to win. Therefore, the USB
> driver never sees the commands that should be going to it.
> I always run "rmmod ide-scsi" BEFORE plugging the Archos into
> the USB port. When I forget, the usb-storage driver gets
> stuck in the "initializing" state (as shown by lsmod). I
> have not found any cure for this short of rebooting.

And that, my friends, is why Microsoft continues to dominate the desktop OS
market. It's that kind of mental masturbation exercise that makes Linux an
impractical alternative for "normal" PC users. When you plug in a USB
storage device, it should be recognized and just work. The OS might have to
prompt you for a driver disk the first time it sees it, but after that, it
should be automatically recognized.

  Fred Maxwell
Received on 2003-10-24

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