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Old 11-07-2003, 11:51 PM   #1
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Being able to switch between floppy drive and cdrom drive.

Well I have been googling this question for a while with results.
I have a dell lattitude CSX which as external floppy and cdrom drive. So I can only have one device connected at any time.
My question being is that I want to be able to switch between the drives without having the reboot the systems. But I am not exactly sure where to start looking to solve this problem.

When either drive is pluged in they do get reconized and I can use them after boot. But unable to switch without rebooting.

I am running Slackware 9.1
Old 11-08-2003, 12:29 AM   #2
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Well, this is a little out of my territory. I don't own a notebook (unfortuantely) so I don't have pcmcia support or any other such things you require, but have you tried unmounting the device before switching, and remounting after?

# umount /dev/cdrom (or whatever yours is)
# mount /dev/fd0
Old 11-08-2003, 01:26 AM   #3
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That though did come to mine But I get no device present when I attempt that. It was a good idea.
Old 11-08-2003, 02:46 AM   #4
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I believe you need to look at hotpluging, and probably PNP BIOS

man hotplug
Old 11-08-2003, 10:48 PM   #5
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This is just a suggestion you can try at your own risk of course. But try using modprobe and rmmod.

For example you remove the floppy and:
rmmod floppy
Install the cdrom and:
modprobe cdrom
And visa-versa.
Old 11-08-2003, 11:14 PM   #6
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Well Ill give them a try. I know that hotplug is enabled.
Old 11-09-2003, 11:38 AM   #7
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Hey I remmember Dell used to supply a parallel port cable for the floppy aswell, that way you can have both peripherals at the same time.



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