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    Default Virtualbox floppy disk problem

    Right now, I have openSuse 11.1 installed and working well enough to use happily, however, there is one nagging problem I don't know how to tackle.

    I'm in OS X 10.6.1 running VirtualBox 3.0.8 and the previously mentioned version of openSuse.

    When it boots up and I login, there's a floppy disk showing on the desktop. I've tried to mount and unmount it, but no dice, the only error I get is a window which contains no text, the picture of a red circle....error thing, and a button that says "close" next to an X.

    What's really strange is that VirtualBox doesn't have any floppy disk images mounted, so whatever linux is doing, it might be doing on its own.

    What's even more strange is that I tried installing xubuntu the other day, and it did the same thing...the same way under the same circumstances, but xubuntu let me see the floppy disk's properties, where it reported that the floppy disk had about 15GB free. I sense something is slightly off.


    where should I look to make this insane phantom floppy disk go away?


    thanks

    also, I don't see how it'd effect disk mounting, but my window manager in both cases was Xfce 4 - if that explains anything useful

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    Default Re: Virtualbox floppy disk problem

    Have you searched these forums for similar problem: Virtualbox; and OS X?

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    Yep, i've googled around on other forums too and some other things contain the same words, but not quite what i'm looking for.

    No takers?

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    Default Re: Virtualbox floppy disk problem

    My apologies, I neglected to say welcome to the forum. Not an easy problem to start with on your first post.

    I briefly tried google, it picked up some floppy problems including yours above, but nothing obvious with your symptoms on the first page. You may have better luck.

    PS: Hadn't seen your reply. Will keep trying but don't have solution.

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    I recall there's some place in linux/unix where mounted devices are....noted.

    it's something like /etc or /dev, but I forget which

    I figured in there, I'd see the phantom floppy and I could "sudo rm" at it until it went away

    but that seems like too simple of a plan to work


    also, thanks for the welcome

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    Check /mnt and /media to see if anything there. Also look in /etc/fstab where permanent mounts are specified.

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    /mnt and /media were completely empty

    I checked fstab, here's what I found:


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    That looks ok, and very similar to mine. Same on the blank dirs.

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    What desktop on 11.1 vm are you running, KDE or Gnome?

    Any other devices plugged in that may be incorrectly picked up by the vm?

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    Default Re: Virtualbox floppy disk problem

    Quote Originally Posted by consused View Post
    What desktop on 11.1 vm are you running, KDE or Gnome?
    Oops, I didn't look carefully at the pic but now I just saw the icewm, and I missed the Xfce at the end of your original post. Sorry, but that maybe why little response so far.

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