[ubuntu-uk] Netbook Ubuntu v. plain Ubuntu

gazz pmgazz at gmx.co.uk
Mon Feb 7 18:54:03 UTC 2011

On Mon, 2011-02-07 at 18:28 +0000, John MM wrote:

> Hi, I have an Acer Aspire One, and I am running Ubuntu 10.10. Since
> upgrading to this version, I am getting the same problem, I cant use
> USB sticks and I cant plug in my external dvd rewriter. It gives an
> error 'unable to mount usb stick, not authorised'. It seems to be a
> Ubuntu problem, and so far I havent been able to find a fix for it. I
> want to do a fresh install, but I cant because it wont accept both. 

This bug seems to have been around for a while, I vaguely remember
encountering it a few versions ago - there's a discussion of it here:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nautilus/+bug/518533 - I could
still mount them manually on the commandline, I think it's Nautilus
causing the problem. Some people suggest the only way to fix it is a
clean re-install. It sounds like your system might need reinstalling

If you're reinstalling from USB, you only need the BIOS to recognise the
stick, not Ubuntu, so this shouldn't be a problem if you can get someone
to create an installation stick for you or burn a CD for your external
USB CD drive?  I'd probably put 10.04 on it as 10.10 doesn't have long
to run. 

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