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Floppy has to be inserted for mount to work. Thats the only thing i can think of. you do not come off as a person who would not insert a floppy before you try to mount it, so you might want to consider that your floppydrive died.
normally, you should not need to manually mount a floppy in mandrake - that's taken care of by supermount.
I would first reboot (so that the system is in a clean state) and then put in a floppy and see if you can see the contents of your floppy when you go into the floppy directory by