On a perfectly installed Linux Mint PC, running Ubuntu 18.04 under the hood, you suddenly get the following message when inserting a USB Stick into the computer:
Unable to mount USB STICK Not authorized to perform operation
If it’s installed, uninstall Chrome Remote Desktop:
sudo apt autoremove chrome-remote-desktop
Why does this happen? Having reviewed our notes 20 December 2021 after being prompted by a comment, we have added this section. In all honesty, I don’t know why it happens.
Something like mounting a USB stick would be “core”, and baked into the operating system.
Something as “powerful” as Chrome Remote Desktop would take over many functions for the operating systems. For example, hypothetically, if Chrome Remote Desktop is running and the remote user wants to mount their own USB stick, perhaps Chrome Remote Desktop has some kind of passthrough.
For actual users of Chrome Remote Desktop uninstalling the software of course isn’t ideal, but having your local computer working is probably the better of two evils. If I was a Chrome developer, I would examine the source code to see hardware interactions, particular those related to the USB bus.
If anyone has any more information on what’s causing this and a less radical solution, then please leave a comment.
How to mount an USB stick
You need to use
fdisk -l and carefully examine which disk is the USB by looking at
mkdir /media/usb-drive fdisk -l mount /dev/sdf2 /media/usb-drive