Posted 21 December 2007 - 11:24 PM
You say your flash drive is formatted ext3. This means you formatted it on a linux machine. It is likely that in doing so you set it up with root permissions only, hence you accessing only by root in Konsole.
Open MCC and go to the section for mounting partitions. You will see it there as an additional drive to your hard drives.
Click on it as seen in the top tabs and then on the flash drives partition. Then click on mountpoint and give it a name of your choice but make sure it is /name and not just name.
Click okay then Mount and then Done. Click Yes to the first of the popup messages you get (one at the beginning and one at the end) and no to the second one.
Now open a console and type in kdesu konqueror and click enter. It will ask for your root password so type it in (no visible text) then enter again. After a moment or two Konqueror will open but now it is in root mode. Type a / and enter the selected name you gave to your flash drive to see that anything you have on it can be seen. If ok then go back, do not close.
This time right click on your flash drive icon and select permissions there you can change the permissions as you want. Be sure to put a dot in the bottom left spot so all items in the drive are given the same permissions when you add data later.
I recommend going back to the MCC partition section again (with the flash drive still in place) and this time selecting Unmount and then mountpoint again and deleting the /name so it is now blank then ok then Done. Go back to your still root enabled konqueror. Find the flash drive name and right click and select properties on it to make sure it is only 1 to 5 kbs. If it is then it is safe to right click on it again and delete it.
I hope this helps. As you can see, the problem is not with Mandriva but with how you set up your flash drive originally.
How do I know ???. I have two flash drives and one is ext3 and the other is fat32 as originally set.
When I did the ext3 repartioning I already new that permissions had to be set correctly so I never had any unexpected problems.
One further word of advice. Before removing the Flash drive at anytime always select Remove Safely from the right click menu on the icon.
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