Debian Install ALSA/Intel Issue

Steve Holmes steve at
Tue Mar 8 19:22:41 EST 2011

What are using for the mount command? 
A typical mount command should look like this:
mount -t auto /dev/sda1 /mnt
Where /mnt is your mount point; I assume that exists on your install
session.  I say '-t auto' in case we don't know what kind of file
system is on that USB stick.  That should work but I have had 'auto'
cause a miss-interpretation of the file system before.  If you know
for a fact that it is a FAT style system, you could ue vfat so then
the command would look like:
mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt

Hope this extra info helps.

On Tue, Mar 08, 2011 at 03:19:41PM -0600, Liz Hare wrote:
> Thanks, Chris,
> This would be really useful, except that e2label isn't available to
> me on the distribution of Debian from Samuel Thibault.
> I got someone to check the syslog and the usb stick is sda1.
> There is an application in there called usb-list, and it does list
> the USB stick.
> When I try to mount it, I get an error saying  mounting failed, no
> such file or directory.
> Liz
> Liz Hare PhD
> Dog Genetics LLC
> doggene at
> On 3/8/2011 2:09 PM, Christopher Brannon wrote:
> >Liz Hare<doggene at>  writes:
> >
> >>Would it be possible to mount a USB device? How?
> >
> >Hi Liz,
> >It is, but the problem is knowing the name of the device.
> >On my box, /dev/sdb1 is usually the first partition of my external
> >device.  /dev/sda is my internal hard drive.  It really gets problematic
> >if you have connected multiple USB storage devices.
> >
> >You might be able to make this easier using filesystem labels,
> >especially if your external device has an ext2 or ext3 filesystem.
> >I don't know how to add a volume label to an MSDOS filesystem.
> >
> >Here's a fully-worked example of how labels work, based on my own setup.
> >My external hard disk has three partitions.  The first two aren't
> >important.  Partition 3 has all of my data.  It's at /dev/sdb3 right
> >now.  I added a label to the filesystem, using e2label:
> >e2label /dev/sdb3 cmb_external_hd
> >You probably want to run that command with the filesystem unmounted.
> >Now, any time I need to access that partition, I can do so using the
> >pathname /dev/disk/by-label/cmb_hd_external.
> >>From now on, I don't have to care about the physical device name.  It
> >could be /dev/sdb3, /dev/sdc3, or anything else.  But it doesn't matter.
> >The logical name /dev/disk/by-label/cmb_external_hd always refers to the
> >3rd partition on my external hard drive.
> >
> >So hopefully that whole discussion was beneficial, and it will simplify
> >the process of working with USB devices.
> >Assuming you've assigned a label of my_fs to a filesystem on your USB
> >device, you should be able to do:
> >mount /dev/disk/by-label/my_fs /mnt
> >amixer>  /mnt/amixer.txt
> >sync
> >umount /mnt
> >
> >Hope this helps.
> >-- Chris
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