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Its dual boot. In expee the floppy drive works fine, I can format, copy and read files.
In Linux I can do nothing. Mdir says plain_io: Input/output error; superformat fails with: Fatal error while measuring raw capacity & fdformat formats, fails on track 0 verification. (expected 18432, read -1).
I've tried different drives and different media. I upgrade the bios to the last six different versions, it only adds a new problem: splitting of the via_rhine and phy devices. I then went back to the original version of the BIOS.
I have noticed the same problem. The problem follows the 2.6 kernel around and is on some but by no means all machines. The floppy works fine from boot disks or Slackware 10 on a stick but not from Slackware 12 installed or a live CD based on 2.6.
If you look in /var/log/messages at one that works and one that does not you will see the difference.
On ones that do not work the floppy is identified but no drive routine put up.
I too have tried the compile it as a module trick without success.