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    Default Floppy - how mount

    There seems to be a change with the new kernels (using Suse 11.4 with kernel 2.6.37.6-0.5) that mount /media/floppy does not work anymore. What should now be the procedure?
    In fstab have: /dev/fd0 /media/floppy auto rw,noauto,user,sync 0 0
    Help would be appreciated

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    On 05/01/2011 09:06 PM, hallergard wrote:
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    > There seems to be a change with the new kernels (using Suse 11.4 with
    > kernel 2.6.37.6-0.5) that mount /media/floppy does not work anymore.


    i agree it should work, but when you say it "does not work anymore" what
    do you mean? that is, what is the error returned to the command line?

    no reply is a sign of success..


    > What should now be the procedure?


    hmmmmmm... three cases below, what happens if you use

    Code:
    mount /media/floppy		<-you already said this doesn't work
    mount /dev/fd0			<-what about this?
    mount /dev/fd0 /media/floppy	<-or this?
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    Default Re: Floppy - how mount

    seeing as 3.5 floppy are no loner made ( no new ones except for in warehouses )
    and no new computers have a 3.5 drive
    the kernel NO LONGER looks for a 3.5 drive by default
    so "mount /media/floppy " will NOT work

    you need to run modprob first !
    Code:
    su -
    modprob floppy
    then you will hear it ZZZ -- ZZZ as it sees it
    then mount it
    or put a floppy in and the system should then auto see it .



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    To be honest when I used floppies last century (?) I didn't mount them but used mtools to access them. Much quicker when you just want to copy a file or two.

    You'd have to have a pretty old machine to need floppies. Or have to copy data to some old lab equipment with floppy drive. Any machine made in the last few years handles USB media.

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    Thanks JohnVV - "modeprobe floppy" does not help
    Thanks DenverD - with "not anymore" I mean that it worked fine with SuSE 11.3. Then I upgraded to 11.4, and I am not sure if it worked at first, but after upgrading the kernel it definately does not work anymore. It does not give an error message, same applies to "mount /dev/fd0" and "mount /dev/fd0 /media/floppy".
    Thanks ken_yep - my machine is one year old Intel Core i3 RAM 8GB. I only rarely "need" to retrieve some 10-25 year old records that I never bothered to copy to the hard disk.

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    Thanks JohnVV - "modeprobe floppy" does not help
    That better be a typo???
    the command is "modprob " NOT modEprobE



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    Quote Originally Posted by ken_yap View Post
    To be honest when I used floppies last century (?) I didn't mount them but used mtools to access them. Much quicker when you just want to copy a file or two.
    Yes. That's how we used to do (we didn't mount them) ... in the last millenium actually.

    * it's still available :
    Code:
    zypper in mtools

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    On 05/02/2011 06:06 PM, hallergard wrote:
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    > Thanks JohnVV - "modeprobe floppy" does not help
    > Thanks DenverD - with "not anymore" I mean that it worked fine with
    > SuSE 11.3. Then I upgraded to 11.4, and I am not sure if it worked at
    > first, but after upgrading the kernel it definately does not work
    > anymore.


    ok, now i understand that part...thx

    > It does not give an error message, same applies to "mount
    > /dev/fd0" and "mount /dev/fd0 /media/floppy".


    then i kinda confused, because no reply, no error and return to the
    command prompt is supposed to mean: Your command was completed with no
    errors.. (or something like that)... so, i think it IS mounted

    i think you can then issue

    Code:
    umount /dev/fd0
    and if it is _not_ mounted (as you think) THEN it should error...if it
    does not, then that means success and if you then issue another umount
    it must give an error, or something is REALLY strange..

    well, i have _not_ read the readme or change notes for 11.4, so maybe
    'they' took the ability to mount a floppy out (and, that would make this
    advice MUCH better than my own, so use it (but copy paste or type
    carefully=:

    Code:
    su -
    modprob floppy

    >
    > only rarely "need" to retrieve some 10-25 year old records that I never
    > bothered to copy to the hard disk.


    i've been putting that off also....i have stacks of 3.5 and larger
    floppies that i wish i had on something else....sigh..

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    Found the solution! in /etc/fstab change /dev/fd0 to /dev/fd0u1440
    That is the only type of floppy I use.

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    Default Re: Floppy - how mount

    On 05/02/2011 07:36 PM, hallergard wrote:
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    > Found the solution! in /etc/fstab change /dev/fd0 to /dev/fd0u1440
    > That is the only type of floppy I use.


    hey! cool..
    but, where did you learn that (i wanna do some reading)

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