[SATLUG] floppy issue

Borries Demeler demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu
Sun Apr 12 05:55:57 CDT 2015

THe floppy drive is hooked to a traditional motherboard floppy controller
with the flat ribbon cable connector (slightly shorter than a PATA connector).
The floppy is recognized both at boot time (can boot fine from it), and in
linux (can hear the clicking sounds associated with mounting events, fdisk,
and mkfs commands). So the floppy is hooked to /dev/fd0, which is the way
I access this drive. The connector is the identical connector to which my old 
drive was connected to which worked just fine under the same install, but
different motherboard/CPU.

On Sun, Apr 12, 2015 at 01:46:16AM -0500, Craig wrote:
> Borries Demeler demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu on Sat Apr 11 17:25:57 CDT
> 2015 wrote:
> > Finally got back to this.
> > Here is what I find:
> >
> > * I can boot an old dos/windows95 floppy from the drive just fine
> ..
> > * mounting the old or newly formatted floppies under Linux is impossible:
>   ...
> >
> > * formatting the floppies under Linux with any filesystem seems to
> succeed at
> > first, including all Linux or windows or msdos file systems, at least
> there is
> > no error message.
> >
> > * mounting such formatted filesystems under Linux returns the same exact
> error
> > as above:
>   ...
> >
> > Any idea?
> ...
> It sounds like the floppy controller for /dev/fd0 is not associated with
> the traditional floppy controller (could be ata, ide/eide, pata, usb, scsi,
> etc)
> In not totally correct technical terms, need to figure out first which
> bus/controller /dev/fd0 is being associated with.
> (e.g. hard drive bus example: ata, ide, eide, scsi, usb.
>  Tools for each are different, so just saying /dev/harddrive would NOT
> indicate if ata, ide, eide, scsi or usb hard drive tools/modules are
> needed!)
> e.g. fdutils will not work with a usb floppy!
> The output of the command: floppy -p
> would provide appropriate information to figure out what's going on.
> Craig
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