I didn't realize it until now, but when I installed Debian, it didn't recognize my 3.5" floppy drive.
I know this drive works, as it's recognized in the Windows XP part of my dual-boot situation.
This issue first became a problem when I tried to format a diskette, and check its contents before doing so. No matter which set of options I set with mount, mount still gave me an error. I quickly grepped an ls of /dev, and that's when it was confirmed: there was no /dev/fd0 node.
So, I created the node:
# mknod /dev/fd0 b 2 0
Tried mounting it again (as root and as a normal user), and still nothing.
Any ideas as to what the cause of all this could be? Before anyone suggests it, all the cables are in snugly.