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Old 04-09-2002, 04:01 AM   #1
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Floppy problem, differnet error, please help...


I have a fresh install of Mandrake 8.1. It doesnt matter if im logged in as root or under a different user i still get the same error message! When I goto mount my floppy by right clicking under gnome and selecting floppy or typing the command in by hand under console i get "/dev/fd0 is not a valid block device" By the way the command im typing is as follows "mount -t (filetype) /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy" where filetype is
vfat, fat, or msdos.... I have tryed them all.(its a blank disk formated under windows using fat filesystem) I read in a post somewhere to change my fstab entry for my floppy from "/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto user,iocharset=iso8859-1,umask=0,sync,exec,codepage=850,noauto 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0" to the following "/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto" when I do this I get "/mnt/floppy does not exist"

Thanks in advance for any help!!!!
 
Old 04-09-2002, 05:49 AM   #2
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There are lots of reson for this one may be that the floppy is corrupted.
 
Old 04-09-2002, 06:11 AM   #3
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The original fstab entry looks OK, try changing it back and then:
Quite often the /dev/fd0 is only a (sym)link to /dev/fd0x1440 or something. Using a konsole (or xterm, or whatever), look and see what the listing for /dev/fd0 is:
$ls -l /dev/fd0

If the link is broken, or doesn't exist, then this would cause 'fd0 is not a valid block device' error.
 
Old 04-10-2002, 12:26 AM   #4
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I'll be giving that command a go here in about a half hour or so and i'll see what i get back from it... As far as the floppy being corrupt I tried to mount my boot disk I created and I know it works because i've used it to boot up with.. Also my cousin is having the same problem, we installed linux together and are still doing our initial setup/changes as well as looking for a way to resolve this issue.
 
Old 04-10-2002, 02:52 AM   #5
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I tryed the command ls -l /dev/fd0 and got the following back (lr-xr-xr-x 1 root root
8 Apr 9 22:42 /dev/fd0 -> floppy/0) dont know if this will help any but i figured id show you...i dont know exacly what it means but im sure you or someone else does.....i take it that /dev/fd0 points to floppy/0 but i dont know if thats what the line should read or where to change it if its not right...
 
Old 04-10-2002, 03:59 AM   #6
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Hope someone can help me here, im pretty sure I found the problem but who knows. Anyways I went to console and typed dmesg to and found the following lines. (Floppy drive(s): floppy fd0 is 1.44m) (floppy0:floppy io-port 0x03f0 in use)

Can anyone tell me how to change the io port if this is possible or just tell me how to fix it...thanks!
 
Old 04-11-2002, 12:27 AM   #7
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If anyone cares I figured It out myself. Did "dmesg" after boot so I could read everything that flashes across the screen at boot. I found that it states the io-port for fd0 is in use. So I went into lilo and I appened "nobiospnp" to the spot where you can have stuff passed to the kernal at boot, and then I had lilo rewrite itself to the hard drive and what do you know, my floppy works....

P.S. I hope this will help someone else out....
 
Old 04-11-2002, 07:26 AM   #8
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It's good to see someone posting their triumphs rather than 'Don't worry, sorted it myself'. Thank you MikeH.
 
  


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