Xubuntu not recognising my Archos 605

I can’t get my Sony Vaio (512mb) Xubuntu to recognise my Archos 605. Any suggestions?

What are you trying to do ? … do you mean it doesn’t recognise it as a mass storage device ? … does any other Linux distro work with it ? … how ?

Cut and paste video and podcasts etc. It does not recognise it as a mass storage device.

Which kernel is Xubuntu using ?

uname -a

to find out.

Reason I ask, is that there seems to have been a regression in some of the 2.6.38 kernels that affects Archos’s (and other USB devices)… that causes them to be recognised, but immediately be disconnected… see here:

The answer appears to be to wait and see if it’s fixed, or change to a different kernel… there are links to the 2.6.39-rc4 kernel (for natty) which is supposed to work with the Archos etc. here:
http://ubuntuguide.net/how-to-install-linux-kernel-2-6-39-rc4-in-ubuntu-11-04-natty

or you can find the other kernels here:
http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/

Instruction on how to add the kernel:PPA and upgrade your kernel to 2.6.39 can be found below.

uname -a
Linux toonman-VGN-S4Z-S 2.6.38-8-generic #42-Ubuntu SMP Mon Apr 11 03:31:50 UTC 2011 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

Yep. I’m having problems with other mass storage devices too.

OK, I’ve just installed 2.6.39 in Natty and so far have seen no issues… although I’ve only just done it.

Instructions (for 11.04)

  1. Install the ppa-purge package (to make removal easier if necessary):
sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
  1. Add the kernel ppa:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kernel-ppa/ppa
  1. Update apt:
sudo apt-get update
  1. Check available kernels with the command:
apt-cache showpkg linux-image

linux-image-2.6.39-0-generic should be in list.

  1. Run this command to install kernel 2.6.39.0:
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.39-0 linux-headers-2.6.39-0-generic linux-image-2.6.39-0-generic --fix-missing
  1. When the above command completes… REBOOT.

  2. Check you are running 2.6.39 with:

uname -a

8.) Test your Archos.

Any problems, use the Shift key at boot time and select the earlier 2.6.38 kernel to boot… it will still be there under “Earlier Linux Versions”.

Sorted. Thanks very much. :slight_smile:

Is the Archos recognised now ?

It would also be interesting to know if 2.6.39 fixed your other USB mass storage device problems.

Yes it works and so do all of my mass storage devices. Thanks.

The system seems ‘snapier’ too. Windows open and close much sweeter than before the upgrade or am I just imagining it?

Well if it’s your imagination, it’s catching… mine seems snappier too :slight_smile: … It certainly seems to boot faster.

Oddly enough, I was wondering if it was my imagination :wink:

Yes. It’s better. I was considering installing Ubuntu 10.04 instead as it was ‘dragging’. Now however it’s much slicker.

Thanks again. :slight_smile: