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Old 06-25-2003, 10:41 PM   #1
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Problem mounting a floppy on Dell Inspiron 8500

I have the 'hot swap' floppy/cdrom drives for the Dell Inspiron 8500. Redhat 8.0 recognizes the cdrom with no problem, but it has no clue what the floppy is. How do I get it to mount the floppy (i.e. the commands within what scripts to get it to work when I plug in the floppy drive at boot)? I've totally forgotten how & where to do this.

Old 06-26-2003, 09:46 AM   #2
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# Managing drives
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Old 06-26-2003, 06:17 PM   #3
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maybe inserting floppy and running kudzu will help you
Old 06-27-2003, 06:10 AM   #4
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Floppy drive

I have a Dell Inspiron 8500 aswell and ran into a few problems during the initial setup, so if you have any other questions that i might be able to answer?
Anyway, don't know if you want to do it this way but here goes..........

With you modular floppy drive you should have also recieved a USB cable with two different connections on each end( i forget the proper name for this cable). After you start up linux open a terminal. Don't remove your CD-ROM drive, theres no need. Just connect the USB to the back of your laptop and the other side of the cable can be connected to your floppy disk drive(at the back of one of the sides). Now you need to change to the "/mnt" directory and create a directory called "floppy". After that just type "mount /dev/sda /mnt/floppy" (as root) and away you go. It should now allow you to "cd" to "/mnt/floppy" and see the contents of your floppy drive.

Don't know if this is clear enough, if not just let me know and i'll get back to you.


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