(I REALLY dislike UUID!!! )
Then don't use it.
LOL!! Indeed, and in the past i've always changed my fstab to NOT use UUID's but to use the standard /dev/sda1 / type of thing. I have to confess that i'd never thought of, heard of, or used, Labels. DUH!!
Open gparted from a live cd right click an a partition and give it a label. For instance your antix partition may be called 'antix' - fairly logical
Does it have to be from a Live CD or can i just use Gparted from within whatever distro i'm currently using? I'll give the latter a go and if there's any probs i'll try the Live CD route. (Which is still Mint x64)
Then change fstab to:
# Entry for /dev/ !! UNKNOW DEVICE !! :
LABEL=antix /antiX ext3 defaults 0 2
That's great, and many thanks for the info...... i was kind of hoping for a more automated way of doing it rather than manually (Mainly because i do a lot of distro testing on this lappie and regularly have either grub or fstab probs of one kind or another) but hey, any workaround is good.
I shall go through my fstab this morning & change the relevant stuff. Having said all that, it's not so much the static devices that seem to be problematic, but the "Plug-able" USB stuff, mainly HD's & Keys. I did have a thought that perhaps it could be something as simple as the power available to the USB ports, as apparently (AFAIK) they don't all have the same amount of power available. I have tested this on several desktop machines and found that, at least with the 2.5" portable variety of USB drive that uses the USB port for it's power supply?, it DOES make a difference which port is used. So perhaps it's something as simple as that?
(Why half your partitions are /dev/ !! UNKNOW DEVICE !! is a bit of a mystery btw)
Indeed, i am also baffled by this.... if anyone else that's reading this knows how this happened, please share.
Sorry I don't know the answer to the usb problem though, it sounds really strange, particularly the fact that it is intermittent.
You've been very helpful, especially with the whole LABEL thing, and i shall definitely give that a go & see what occurs. As for the Intermittent USB problem, the very fact that it doesn't always happen leads me to suspect that it could be a USB power related issue, as it does seem to happen more when i have both USB hard drives plugged in (Both taking their power needs via USB) and THEN plug in for example an 8gb USB key..... and bam, Nautilus goes down. Possibly just too much power drain.
Thanks once again..... you have given me good advice & much to think about & try. Fingers crossed.