First, stop whacking yourself in the head with the keyboard. You'll damage the keyboard!
I don't know about the rest of your problems, but the console command you gave was basically correct, with the following observations:
- You might be fighting an automounter, with unknown (to me) consequences. If you want to use the console command, you might try figuring out which process the automounter is and killing it.
- The form of the mount command you gave can only be done as root. My experience, however, is that if you try otherwise, it immediately tells you that.
- Instead of msdos I would recommend vfat. As I understand it, msdos does not understand long file names and perhaps some other things.
- auto should work if the system can determine the filesystem.
- The -t option does specify the filesystem. The fact that it claims you still need to specify makes me wonder if there was a typo or missing space, or if this is the result of fighting with the automounter.
Another possibility if RH has it is the "mtools" such as mdir
, and others which work similar to (but check their man pages
for differences) their MS counterparts.
It is possible that your original misadventure (possibly through no fault of your own) screwed up the disk. You might try with a different floppy -- I'd use one that doesn't contain anything important until you figure out what is going on.