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Old 12-25-2009, 05:21 AM   #1
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Ubuntu 9.10 - Floppy drive


I have recently tried the latest Ubuntu 9.10 on a spare computer but cannot get the floppy drive to work. Clicking on the Floppy (in Places) it does not appear possible to mount it. The only message appearing is "re-scan floppy".

I do not understand what scan or re-scan floppy means.

An earlier version of Ubuntu also had trouble with the floppy drive but I found a solution to that on the Ubuntu forum. That solution, of course, doesn't work with 9.10.

The matter is not urgent but if a solution is available I will upgrade otherwise I must stay with my earlier edition of Ubuntu as I have a lot of data kept on floppies.

My apologies if this, my first post, is somewhat mundane. Tridentowner.
 
Old 12-25-2009, 11:13 AM   #2
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Hello,

what is the output of
Code:
sudo mount /dev/fd0 /floppy
 
Old 12-25-2009, 12:12 PM   #3
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The tool recommended in another thread : pysdm
( sudo apt-get install pysdm ) doesn't seem to work.

This does : mount /media/floppy0

It even puts a floppy icon on the Desktop. .. .. .. ..
( Ubuntu 9.10 ).
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Old 12-25-2009, 12:48 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tridentowner View Post
I have recently tried the latest Ubuntu 9.10 on a spare computer but cannot get the floppy drive to work. Clicking on the Floppy (in Places) it does not appear possible to mount it. The only message appearing is "re-scan floppy".

I do not understand what scan or re-scan floppy means.

An earlier version of Ubuntu also had trouble with the floppy drive but I found a solution to that on the Ubuntu forum. That solution, of course, doesn't work with 9.10.

The matter is not urgent but if a solution is available I will upgrade otherwise I must stay with my earlier edition of Ubuntu as I have a lot of data kept on floppies.

My apologies if this, my first post, is somewhat mundane. Tridentowner.
The following URL may have the answers you are looking for:

How to mount and format floppy disks in Ubuntu 9.10

cheers...
 
Old 01-07-2010, 06:49 AM   #5
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Ubuntu 9.10 - Floppy drive

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bratmon View Post
Hello,

what is the output of
Code:
sudo mount /dev/fd0 /floppy
The output was
'floppy does not exist'.

I'm still flummoxed about the Scan and re-scan floppy.

My apologies for the delay in replying. Tridenowner.
 
Old 01-08-2010, 12:36 AM   #6
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Quote:
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The output was
'floppy does not exist'.

I'm still flummoxed about the Scan and re-scan floppy.

My apologies for the delay in replying. Tridenowner.
Did you try the suggestions given in the URL cited in message #4 above?
 
Old 01-08-2010, 12:54 AM   #7
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May be read post # 3 again ..

mount /media/floppy0
 
Old 01-09-2010, 11:35 AM   #8
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Quote:
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May be read post # 3 again ..

mount /media/floppy0
My abject apologies knudfl for not thanking you for your post # 3 which I tried sometime ago. It worked as you predicted and put an icon on the desktop.

However, it still seems a bit cock-eyed having to use the command line to get the floppy drive up and running each time when the floppy is at 'Places' on the desktop. The Scan and Re-scan still remains a mystery.

I'm not sure whether what I'm seeking is possible with this particular distribution (Ubuntu 9.10 and also LinuxMint 8)?
Tridentowner.
 
Old 01-10-2010, 02:47 AM   #9
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I think there are some contradictions :

Ubuntu decided, that nobody uses floppy any more. AFAIK.
But it still shows up in Gnome.

In Ubuntu 9.10 ( and in the may be similar 'Mint )
it's not an impossible thing. Much worse in Ubuntu 8.10 , 9.04
where you had no floppy module loaded and no /dev/floppy.

So you had to do 1) MAKEDEV floppy and 2) modprobe floppy,
before you even had a chance to mount it.

So in that way the latest version has become easier.
.....
 
Old 01-10-2010, 06:52 AM   #10
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Ubuntu 9.10 - Floppy drive

Quote:
Originally Posted by knudfl View Post
I think there are some contradictions :

Ubuntu decided, that nobody uses floppy any more. AFAIK.
But it still shows up in Gnome.

In Ubuntu 9.10 ( and in the may be similar 'Mint )
it's not an impossible thing. Much worse in Ubuntu 8.10 , 9.04
where you had no floppy module loaded and no /dev/floppy.

So you had to do 1) MAKEDEV floppy and 2) modprobe floppy,
before you even had a chance to mount it.

So in that way the latest version has become easier.
.....
Many thanks Knudfl. Your explanation is very convincing. It looks as though I shall have to follow the herd and ditch my floppies in due course.
Tridentowner.
 
Old 06-29-2010, 12:20 AM   #11
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Smile Folppies still not working..

Hello there,

Though post # 3 worked quite satisfactorily for sometime now I am getting strange outputs like
mount: I could not determine the filesystem type, and none was specified

Forgive me for my ignorance as I am new user and would like to learn it to make full use of it.

Thanks in advance for help
 
Old 06-30-2010, 03:05 AM   #12
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@ sksinha , welcome to LQ. .. ..

May be try something like : mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-device-12760/

Google .. mount /dev/fd0 /floppy vfat ..
.. Example
http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-3494.html
..
 
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:19 AM   #13
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@knudfl,
thanx for the quick reply..
the problem was resolved by restarting the system...

thanx for such a live support forum!!!
 
  


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