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Old 01-17-2005, 02:39 PM   #1
evalastin
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Floppy Disk Problem on FC3


I'm having a problem with using floppies on FC3. First of, It takes ages to mount floppies with an audible spinning noise from d drive.

When mounting is 'succesful', attempting to access d disk or save on it is not possible.

contents of /etc/fstab

LABEL=// ext3 defaults 1 1
LABEL=/boot/boot ext3 defaults 1 2
none/dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
none/proc proc defaults 0 0
none/dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
/dev/hda3 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/hdc/media/cdrom auto pamconsole,ro,exec,noauto,managed 0 0
/dev/fd0/media/floppy auto pamconsole,exec,noauto,managed 0 0
 
Old 01-18-2005, 07:11 AM   #2
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"It takes ages to mount floppies with an audible spinning noise from d drive."

This is mechanical, rather than software. Either the disks are faulty or the floppy drive unit itself is failing. I deal with these problems routinely at work, and am convinced that the quality of disks and drives has fallen over the past few years. To the point where I now recommend that people should not use floppies at all any more.
 
Old 01-18-2005, 07:23 AM   #3
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I aggree. Just in case you want to be sure if it is the drive, try to boot from floppy with a bootable floppy disk. You could also try the disk with another floppy-drive. Also, don't save critical data on floppy-disks, use USB-memory-sticks instead.

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This is mechanical, rather than software. Either the disks are faulty or the floppy drive unit itself is failing. I deal with these problems routinely at work, and am convinced that the quality of disks and drives has fallen over the past few years. To the point where I now recommend that people should not use floppies at all any more. [/B]
 
  


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