[ubuntu] Unable to mount USB without terminal

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Howdy, I've spent a good chunk of time hunting around for a solution to my problem. No luck. My USB devices are giving me trouble. The computer recognizes them, but is unable to mount or unmount them automatically (or by rightclick > mount volume). I'm aware of how to mount and unmount them using terminal commands, and that works fine and dandy (though it's becoming a bit of a hassle). Another interesting thing is that, if I log in as root, the drives automount without issue. This leads me to believe that perhaps my normal user account doesn't have permissions/authority to mount usb drives? I've tried fiddling with fstab, and file permissions for the mount directory I created for mounting USB/external drives, but no luck. Suggestions? cheers, - K (Hardware)