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Old 06-20-2003, 09:59 AM   #1
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Unhappy Troubles mounting floppy drive


For all these, I used a diskette that worked on a computer with
Microsoft Windows. The drive light is constantly on, whether a
diskette is in or not.

With user mount tool, heard floppy diskette move
fstab /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy0 vfat user,noauto 0 0
mount: block device /dev/fd0 is write-protected, mounting
read-only
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/fd0,
or too many mounted file systems

With
#mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy0

diskette doesn't rotate
mount: block device /dev/fd0 is write-protected, mounting
read-only
/dev/fd0: Input/output error
mount: you must specify the filesystem type

Then when I check with
# umount /dev/fd0
umount: /dev/fd0: not mounted


With
# mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy0
mount: block device /dev/fd0 is write-protected, mounting
read-only
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/fd0,
or too many mounted file systems


So I change to fstab:
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy0 msdos user,noauto 0 0

# mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy0
mount: block device /dev/fd0 is write-protected, mounting
read-only
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/fd0,
or too many mounted file systems

I try with the mount tool and got the above message
 
Old 06-20-2003, 12:04 PM   #2
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"The drive light is constantly on, whether a diskette is in or not."

You sure the drive cable is not on upside down? The drive light will always stay on if it is and of course the drive doesn't work.
 
Old 06-23-2003, 05:34 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

No, that doesn't seem to be the problem. The wires run right out of the power source and the other side would be hard to invert to be the wrong way. Unless the floppy drive was constructed wrong, and I am pretty sure that it worked a few years ago.

Any other ideas? Anybody?
 
Old 06-23-2003, 09:01 AM   #4
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Not the power cable, the drive cable. The Standard "IDE" cable for floppies is very easy to connect the wrong way since a lot of floppy drives don't actually specify a pin 1. This always results in the drive light being on as soon as you boot up and never going off. If the drive light stays on all the way through POST, I assure you your problem is hardware related and not a problem with the OS.
 
Old 06-23-2003, 01:17 PM   #5
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Dear Shinedog,
I inverted the ribbon cable and the light still stays on. Still get the same message. Now, however, the diskette doesn't even rotate under the same fstab parameters. So, my guess is that it was better as it was.

Any more ideas?

 
  


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