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Old 08-26-2012, 12:28 PM   #1
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Floppy Drive on Antix Base?


I am trying to get my floppy disk drive working on AntiX 12 base. The computer in use is an old laptop with just 64MB of RAM and an interchangeable CD/floppy drive system. Obviously, I had to use the CD drive during the installation of AntiX, so the floppy drive was not connected during installation. How would I go about mounting the floppy drive?
 
Old 08-26-2012, 02:02 PM   #2
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When the floppy is connected, does in appear in /media or /mnt when using SpaceFM file manager?

Type blkid in a root terminal to see if it shows up and where.
 
Old 08-26-2012, 06:29 PM   #3
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Blkid is turning up nothing but /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2.
This drive does not appear in /mnt or /media.
Any other suggestions?
 
Old 08-26-2012, 07:02 PM   #4
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You might need to load the floppy module.
modprobe floppy (as root)

If there are not any messages then the command completed successfully. The device ID of the drive will be /dev/fd0. It is the file system on the drive/partition that is mounted not the physical hardware. Insert a disk and mount using vfat as the fstype.

mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /media/floppy (or where ever but make sure the directory exists)
 
Old 08-26-2012, 09:47 PM   #5
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the current linux 2.6 kernel dose not even bother to look for a 3.5 floppy connected

Seeing as you can NOT buy a new computer with one
you can not buy a new 3.5 drive
and you can NOT buy a new box of 3.5 "mac" disks ( old dusty on the shelf for the last 10 years - yes)

you need to manually add the "modprobe" command

i would need to check but the 3.5 kernel might not even have that
it is like trying to play a Betamax tape
 
Old 08-27-2012, 01:39 PM   #6
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Yes, modprobe did the trick.
 
  


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