I must be looking in the wrong place, but where is the help on PCLOS2010.1 KDE4. So far 2010.1 is a bit like 2009.1. Much time spent trying to iron out the small problems like the computer will not see the plugged in pen drive. Tells you it can see a CD\DVD. Basic operations such as this must work. Have updated through Synaptic and have installed donated sources list. THANKS in anticipation.
Thanks to everyone who responded. The question I ask, is why does the pen drive function perfectly in W2k, PCLOS07 and PCLOS09.1&2 (using PCLOS09.2 now) but when I try to use it with the hard drive that is formatted with ext4, there is 'no go'. I have two computers where I can swap hard drives very easily and have no trouble with either as long as I do not try to access the disk formatted with ext4. This pen drive is a small (250 Mib) Shintaro that has served me well for some years (handy for transferring files between computers).
What I am getting at here is that others are having the same trouble. Are we sure it is not a function of the OS and/or the ext4 file system?
I will look at all the suggestions and try them. Unfortunately the problem is not resolved at present. Thanks again.
Once again thanks for the ideas, and a couple of very interesting threads.
I went out to the nearest town (20 miles - for the non metric people) and purchased a new one.