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Old 06-15-2006, 04:44 PM   #1
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Can't Mount External (USB) Floppy Drive


Hi All,
Using Ubuntu 6.06 LTS and I can't seem to be able to mount my USB
floppy drive. When I plug in activity light blinks but drive won't mount.
I have the discmounter utility in the panel and the drive shows there as unmounted if I choose mount option nothing happens. When I disconect drive an error message pops up. Below is a link to screen shot to
to illustrate the error message. Any suggestions.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...reenshot-1.png

Thanks

P.S. All other external drives (USB) mount automatically, no problem.

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Old 06-16-2006, 12:52 AM   #2
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Anybody? Please
 
Old 06-16-2006, 01:03 AM   #3
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try the manual mount.
Code:
fdisk -l
and see by what name linux recognizes you drive, must be something like /dev/fd0 or it could be different just look out for the difference in before/after you plug usb floppy drive.

use the
Code:
mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
adjust the code accordingly.

or
Code:
 man mount
for help.
 
Old 06-16-2006, 02:48 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by prozac
try the manual mount.
Code:
fdisk -l
and see by what name linux recognizes you drive, must be something like /dev/fd0 or it could be different just look out for the difference in before/after you plug usb floppy drive.

use the
Code:
mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
adjust the code accordingly.

or
Code:
 man mount
for help.
I tried the [code] sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdc /media/floppy
which should be the proper command for mounting drive in Ubuntu.
No good get error about mount point being busy.
Ubuntu uses /media directory for mounting drives.

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Old 06-16-2006, 02:53 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by frank golden
I tried the [code] sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdc /media/floppy
which should be the proper command for mounting drive in Ubuntu.
No good get error about mount point being busy.
Ubuntu uses /media directory for mounting drives.
its a convention and not a neccesity. if mount point /media/floppy is busy then mount it somewhere else. for eg create /media/floppy2 and use it instead of /media/floppy
 
Old 06-16-2006, 03:01 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by prozac
its a convention and not a neccesity. if mount point /media/floppy is busy then mount it somewhere else. for eg create /media/floppy2 and use it instead of /media/floppy
Ok. No go
frankgolden@frankgolden-laptop:~$ sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdc /media/floppy2
mount: /dev/sdc already mounted or /media/floppy2 busy
frankgolden@frankgolden-laptop:~$

see link to new screen shot showing contents of /media/floppy while drive is plugged in. When drive is unplugged folder disapears.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...creenshot1.png

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Old 06-16-2006, 03:14 AM   #7
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the screenshot doesnot offers much help. does ubuntu automounts? it seems the device is already mounted somewhere. it could also be that it is mounted but is empty. in the shell type the command 'mount' and it will show you what is mounted where. you can post the output here.
 
Old 06-16-2006, 03:36 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by prozac
the screenshot doesnot offers much help. does ubuntu automounts? it seems the device is already mounted somewhere. it could also be that it is mounted but is empty. in the shell type the command 'mount' and it will show you what is mounted where. you can post the output here.
Thanks for your help but I think I figured it out. Ubuntu does automount but with this drive it takes over 7 minutes. I timed it.
All other drives are USB 2.0 devices and mount in a few seconds.
This is a 1.1 USB floppy drive. Maybe that is why the delay. Anyway I wasn't being patient enough. Sorry to waste your time like this Prozac. I guess the reason our commands were returning errors was that pmount was busy trying to mount drive. I am used to things
happening quickly on this machine.

Thanks for your help.
 
Old 06-17-2006, 07:29 AM   #9
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Update: Problem Fixed

Hi All,
Edited fstab added line:
/dev/sdc /media/floppy msdos noauto,user,rw,defaults 0 0
sdc is the name of drive when it is the first/only USB device
plugged in to my computer. I did have to mkdir /media/floppy.
I now have a icon in Computer called floppy regardless of whether the external drive is plugged in or not. However when I plug in my
external drive a new icon appears called External Floppy Drive:
floppy. When I insert a disk the drive mounts automatically in about 20 seconds with full R/W priveleges. Don't know why problem.
I have submitted bug report.
 
  


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