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#1 2004-12-01 08:06:18

ovihc
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Registered: 2004-06-16
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USB Stick

I recently bought a 120mb mp3 player/ usb stick in europe at the Media Markt. It was a great buy, pretty cheap with 128mb and it plays mp3s!

last week i plugged it in the back of my laptop, but then my gf wanted to sit down on my chair, so i accidently picked up the laptop and moved it. when i was concentrated on the computer again, i saw the usb-stick and it was crooked! before i had moved the laptop, it was mounted and i was accessing files on the stick. Now since  i saw it crooked, i plugged it out without mounting and i trying to straighten.

when it was good again, Arch Linux couldn't recognize it. i checked dmesg and it said "device will not accept address" and then a number. each time that i would plug it in, the number would increase by one. i switched over to M$ XP and the usb stick didn't work either.

i thought that maybe the usb pins inside the mp3 had broken, so i opened it to inspect it. i grabbed a voltmeter and i checked that everything was good. and yes it was!

when the usb was working fine, i would just plug in the usb stick while it was on and then it would turn on by itself and display on the screen "USB".  The files are trapped inside. Since i can't mount it anywhere, the mp3 files still play, but i can't access the data files.

Has anyone experienced anything similar? is there any hope that i can get the usb stick working again?

btw, the stick is a TIME stick. it's the small one with purple around it. since it was 33 euros, there's no features on it. it just plays mp3s and is also a storage usb.

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#2 2004-12-01 14:29:57

cbozic
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From: Morgantown, WV, USA
Registered: 2004-01-31
Posts: 77

Re: USB Stick

That is certainly an interesting problem!  I don't have an answer for you but I would suggest that you post your question on some other forum more related to your usb stick in addition to posting it here.

Good luck!

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#3 2004-12-09 22:45:00

FUBAR
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From: Belgium
Registered: 2004-12-08
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Re: USB Stick

Did you try the stick in a different computer? Perhaps you damaged the innards of the USB-connector on the laptop, not the stick itself.


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#4 2004-12-10 08:29:47

oscar
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From: Linköping, Sweden
Registered: 2004-08-13
Posts: 457

Re: USB Stick

todays lesson:
don't use your girlfriend while having a laptop in your lap ^^


To err is human... to really foul up requires the root password.

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#5 2004-12-13 12:13:42

FUBAR
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From: Belgium
Registered: 2004-12-08
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Re: USB Stick

My USB stick is dying on me too: yesterday it was working just fine. I was installing Cygwin/X on it on a Windows XP computer, but I stopped the install after a few percent since copying a few thousand files over USB 1.0 (the stick is USB 2.0, the controller was 1.0) takes a lot of time.
In the end, I installed Cygwin/X to a dir on the hard disk, RAR'ed the dir and copied the .rar file to the stick (took about 30 seconds).

This morning I wanted to access the stick on my own computer running Arch, but I only got a partial dirlisting after mounting it. I tried unmounting it, but this didn't work (device busy). I yanked it out, and tried to remount it, but this time it wouldn't even mount. This is the error I got:

Dec 13 12:38:24 ferro usb 2-2: new full speed USB device using address 7
Dec 13 12:38:24 ferro hub 2-2:1.0: USB hub found
Dec 13 12:38:24 ferro hub 2-2:1.0: 1 port detected
Dec 13 12:38:24 ferro usb 2-2.1: new full speed USB device using address 8
Dec 13 12:38:24 ferro scsi4 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
Dec 13 12:38:24 ferro Vendor: Generic   Model: USB Flash Disk    Rev: 1.00
Dec 13 12:38:24 ferro Type:   Direct-Access                      ANSI SCSI revis
ion: 02
Dec 13 12:38:24 ferro SCSI device sda: 512000 512-byte hdwr sectors (262 MB)
Dec 13 12:38:24 ferro sda: Write Protect is off
Dec 13 12:38:24 ferro sda:scsi4: ERROR on channel 0, id 0, lun 0, CDB: 0x28 00 0
0 00 00 00 00 00 08 00
Dec 13 12:38:24 ferro Current sda: sense = 70  3
Dec 13 12:38:24 ferro ASC=11 ASCQ= 0
Dec 13 12:38:24 ferro Raw sense data:0x70 0x00 0x03 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x0a 0x0
0 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x11 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00
Dec 13 12:38:24 ferro end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
Dec 13 12:38:24 ferro scsi4: ERROR on channel 0, id 0, lun 0, CDB: 0x28 00 00 00
 00 01 00 00 07 00

I've tried the stick on two of my computers, one of them running Arch and giving the above error message, the other one running Windows98 SE. Both computers have been able to access the stick just fine. They both also have a USB 1.0 controller. Unfortunately, none of them can read the stick anymore.
So now I'm testing the stick on a computer at school, running Windows 2000 SP4 with a USB 2.0 controller on-board.

The disk is shown in My Computer, but I can't access it. Just like in Windows98.

Furthermore, when I put the stick in a USB-connector, the LED flashes a few times as usual, but then it stays on for as long as it's in the computer.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to save quite a lot of data from the stick?


A bus station is where a bus stops.
A train station is where a train stops.
On my desk I have a workstation.

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