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I am new. I am looking forward to resolving my problem, but even more, I am anxious to learn about how kernel modules are put together on the system. This is a big piece missing from my linux education.
New Inspiron 8500. I haven't had a need to use the floppy drive before, but now I need to cook some debian installation disks.
When I first build linux on my device, much of the hardware was too new to be found in a vanilla installation. I downloaded a kernel RPM that applied many patches. The kernel version is 2.4.20-19.9.acpi.5. Apparenltly, support for the floppy was not compiled in, or there is simply no driver support for my brand of device.
according to Dell, my device is: Assembly, Floppy Drive, 1.44M, 3.5" Form Factor, Universal Serial Bus, NEC, DMOD , which means that they smoke crack, because my floppy is clearly IDE.
'dmesg | grep floppy' gives me...
floppy0: no floppy controllers found
ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
I'm not really sure what the second two lines are...
Kay, so I try to load the driver manually... I do a 'modprobe floppy' and I get response:
modprobe: Can't locate module floppy
This means that floppy.o is not found. when I do a 'locate floppy.o' I find it, but it's under an experimental 2.6 kernel, that I'm not running. It looks like the module was never build for my kernel.
I do a 'locate floppy', and floppy.c, floppy.h, etc is all in my present kernel source tree. it just didn't get built. There is nothing glaring in the diiferences in the .config files in the kernel source.
How do I go about troubleshooting this? IS there some kernel config modification I need to make?