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Old 05-03-2004, 03:40 PM   #1
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Can a DOS foppy be read by Fedora

I have just resized my XP harddrive and added Fedora.My multiboot works fine but I cannot connect to my network therfore the web either.

My Aopen AK79g-Max motherboard uses Nforce-2 chips for the ethernet adapter.Aparently my Fedora does not recognize the nforce-2 chip.

So in Windows XP I found a RPM file and a TAR file with the drivers.I copied each to its own floppy.When I boot in Fedora and go through the tree.Click on the mnt folder,then the floppy drive, I see nothing.I thought/hoped Fedora could see some non-NTFS files as read only?

Without access to the web on a Linux machine how can I get and install a RPM or TAR.
Old 05-03-2004, 04:40 PM   #2
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Floppies are generally mounted as FAT, even in windows XP and Linux. You may want to try mounting the floppy manually:

mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy

You can also tell it to mount it as FAT:

mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
Old 05-03-2004, 04:44 PM   #3
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linux is capable of reading and writing to a DOS formatted floppy. Before a floppy can be read it needs to be mounted.

Just click on the desktop icon to mount. When finished copying the files you will need unmount the disk before ejecting. Close the file brower, right click on the icon and select unmount.
Old 05-03-2004, 07:52 PM   #4
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Thank you gregaryh and michaelk.I was finally able to read the floppy by logging in as root.I found my .rpm and .tar files.I opened the zip .tar files and dragged them onto my desktop.I also double clicked on the .rpm file.The floppy whirled for a couple seconds then stopped.

I did not know if it had installed anything so I restarted in hopes the new hardware detect in the boot would catch my nforce-2 network adapter now.But alas I fear nothing was installed.I tried again.Right click on the .rpm file on the floppy.Then choose install.Same thing.Then I thought maybe a .rpm could not be installed from the floppy.I tried to drag and drop the .rpm onto my desktop.It said error in the attempt.I was left with what said it was the .rpm file on my desktop,but when I clicked properties it said size 0mb.

I thought I read somewhere RPM might not work right on Fedora core 1 without some kind of update.If this is true and the update is a .rpm file I am going to be in the same boat.

Any suggestions!
P.S. I am trying mostly to get my Ethernet working.The .tar had a ethernet folder with some .h and maybe a. files and a make file?

If I new what to do with these I could at least get on the web.I read the make file but really could not make sense of it.
Old 05-03-2004, 09:33 PM   #5
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i've had the same problem with the drag and drop, 0mb file dragged from the floppy. Again, just go to the command line and manually copy the file using the command `cp`, like:
cp /mnt/floppy/*file.rpm /home/*whatever. It should work as far as copying the files. Now about the not installing rpm i'm not sure about, but what i do know is that sometimes an rpm will install but effectively do nothing--perhaps you may want to download a few variants of the same rpm. Was there an rpm signature problem?


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