How to format pen drive to VFAT using mkfs when disk utility or gparted do not recognize it

Sometimes, we find that a pen drive simply cannot be formatted using the Disk Utility or gparted in Linux. In such a situation, open a terminal on your Linux computer, and enter the command as below to format the pen drive.

$ sudo mkfs.vfat -n ‘Label’ -I /dev/sda <enter> where ‘Label’ in the quotes can . . . → Read More: How to format pen drive to VFAT using mkfs when disk utility or gparted do not recognize it

Sony Xperia ZR not recognized when connected via USB port to Linux laptop

Note that Sony Xperia ZR USB mount only works with USB v 3.0 ports. If you connect the phone via USB to a USB v 2 port, and enter: $ dmesg <enter>

you will see the following message in the log: mtp-probe: bus: 1, device: 5 was not an MTP device If it connects successfully . . . → Read More: Sony Xperia ZR not recognized when connected via USB port to Linux laptop

USB sound card for laptops without 3.5 mm headset jacks

After damage to 2 high end Logitech headsets I owned after the use of unbranded USB sound cards, I finally settled for an economical, higher end USB sound card. The Steel Series Siberia USB Sound card. It is advertised as a very good card for gaming, but I also found it most suited for use . . . → Read More: USB sound card for laptops without 3.5 mm headset jacks

Malware via USB drives

Long ago, I recall the time when someone passed me a USB drive to copy some data onto my computer. Well, I did copy the data, but along with that, came malware. Did not realize that, till I noticed a few extra processes running on the system.

Now, a few points to note:

It is . . . → Read More: Malware via USB drives

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