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Old 04-12-2005, 08:02 PM   #1
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using floppy drives and CDRW

i have been trying to use my floppy disk but FC3 never wants to read from the floppy drive, whats going on. . . is there a special procedure to perform to make the floppy drive work, i am clueless, also how can i make fedora core 3 burn a cd rw...
thanks all
greatly appreciate any and all suggestions...
Old 04-12-2005, 09:55 PM   #2
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Hi bluknight43

Here goes for the Floppy problem..

Here is a copy of my /etc/fstab
LABEL=/1                /                       ext3    defaults        1 1
LABEL=/boot             /boot                   ext3    defaults        1 2
none                    /dev/pts                devpts  gid=5,mode=620  0 0
none                    /dev/shm                tmpfs   defaults        0 0
none                    /proc                   proc    defaults        0 0
none                    /sys                    sysfs   defaults        0 0
/dev/hda5               swap                    swap    defaults        0 0
/dev/cdrom              /mnt/cdrom              udf,iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0                /mnt/floppy             auto    noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0
/dev/hda2               /mnt/Saves              ext3    defaults        0 0
/dev/hdc2               /mnt/FedoraOld          ext3    defaults        0 0
/dev/hdc3               /mnt/Windows            vfat    defaults        0 0
See the bold one, that is the line needed to make your Floppy mount up when you insert one. It is in a file located in /etc/fstab.
Now you must check to see if there is a directory in /mnt called floppy.
navigate to /mnt however you normaly do it (via computer is the graghical easy way)
If there is no file called /mnt/floppy, you must create one.

Open it in a terminal (click the redhat -- System Tools -- Terminal) with the command.
You will need to be root, or su from user account. see below if you dont know how.
#cd /mnt
#mkdir /mnt/floppy
#mount -t auto /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
Open it in a terminal (click the redhat -- System Tools -- Terminal) with the command.
You will need to be root, or su from user account.
if root
#vi /etc/fstab
If normal user
then when prompted enter root password
#vi /etc/fstab
Dont type the # (hash) that is your prompt. If this makes little or no sence to you try
#man vi
#man fstab
#man mount
You may like another editor, gedit for example. vi is fine but a bit unusual, not difficult just different.

CD/RW issue

I would suggest using the search function on this site. This has probably been answered many times, and much better than I could answer it.




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