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Old 03-04-2010, 09:44 AM   #1
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can't mount floppy


I run Debian Lenny

my fstab reads:

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hda1 / ext3 defaults,errors=remount-ro 0 1
/dev/hda5 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/hdd /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto 0 0
/dev/hdc /media/cdrom1 udf,iso9660 user,noauto 0 0
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,auto 0 0

I read the other posts on the subject, but they were no help.

~# mount /media/floppy0
mount: special device /dev/fd0 does not exist

I do have automount enabled.

Thanks, Hearthstone.
 
Old 03-04-2010, 09:51 AM   #2
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/dev/fd0 doesn't exist, so, you have no regular floppy drive detected by your OS. The cause could be one of these:
  • The drive is not correctly attached, either the power cord or the data cable (or both) is not ok. Check your BIOS post output to check if the drive is physically being recognized by your motherboard, if affirmative. Then check the dmesg output to see if the drive is being detected by Linux.
  • Your kernel has no support for floppy drives. You will have to check that, and enable it if needed.
  • Your drive is not a standard floppy drive, then we will need more info.

As long as the device node is not created, mounting it will be impossible.
 
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Old 03-05-2010, 04:50 PM   #3
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can't mount floppy

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Originally Posted by i92guboj View Post
/dev/fd0 doesn't exist, so, you have no regular floppy drive detected by your OS. The cause could be one of these:
[list][*]The drive is not correctly attached, either the power cord or the data cable (or both) is not ok. Check your BIOS post output to check if the drive is physically being recognized by your motherboard, if affirmative. Then check the dmesg output to see if the drive is being detected by Linux....
Indeed--I cannot find the floppy registered anywhere...

How do I get the "BIOS post output"?

Thanks, Hearthstone.
 
Old 03-05-2010, 05:56 PM   #4
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/dev/fd0 doesn't exist, so, you have no regular floppy drive detected by your OS. The cause could be one of these:
[list][*]The drive is not correctly attached, either the power cord or the data cable (or both) is not ok. .
I purposefully left the floppy in and I reboted--the light went on and I got a message: NTLDR is missing Press any key to restart

I concluded that there was nothing wrong with the physical connection.

Once I removed the floppy from the drive I was able to restart.

By-the-way--what program recognizes all the drives and writes the fstab when the OS is being installed?

What should I do now?

Tanks, Hearthstone.
 
Old 03-05-2010, 06:11 PM   #5
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Is floppy loaded - "lsmod | grep -i floppy" ? Try modprobing it if not.
 
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Old 03-05-2010, 06:52 PM   #6
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With mtools it is possible to read floppy drives without mounting them. You can then copy the contents of the floppy onto your hard drive. There used to be a gui for this called mtoolsfm back with Etch, but this seems to not exist in Lenny (or Squeeze). However, everything you need for reading the floppy via the command line exists with mtools.

Regarding mounting it, I would suggest being more specific in your fstab file about the "type" --IE, instead of "auto", put "vfat,msdos". Here is how my fstab file looks (I'm only including the floppy mount point):
Code:
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
/dev/fd0        /media/floppy0  vfat,msdos    rw,user,noauto  0       0

Last edited by mark_alfred; 03-05-2010 at 06:59 PM.
 
Old 03-05-2010, 10:53 PM   #7
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can't mount floppy - solved!

I have been doing Internet search and I found a post that suggested trying "modprobe floppy" - http://www.sysresccd.org/forums/view...asc&highlight=

I did and it seems to be working now.

Thanks to you all!

Sincerely - Hearthstone.
 
  


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