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    Default virtualbox, WinXP, floppy drive, SuSE 12.1

    Hi folks,

    how can I access the floppy drive (/dev/fd0) under WinXP in virtualbox 4.1.x?

    Thanks,

    Uwe.

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    Default Re: virtualbox, WinXP, floppy drive, SuSE 12.1

    I might be wrong
    But there my not be any support for Floppy Drives
    Does anyone still use them?
    I guess they must...
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    Default Re: virtualbox, WinXP, floppy drive, SuSE 12.1

    I suggest that you read the VirtualBox User Manual
    http://download.virtualbox.org/virtu...UserManual.pdf
    where section:
    12.6.4 Linux host floppy not found
    suggests
    Code:
    export VBOX_FLOPPY='/dev/fd0'
    if your floppy is actually at /dev/fd0.
    Do you have an /etc/fstab entry for /dev/fd0 ?

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    Default Re: virtualbox, WinXP, floppy drive, SuSE 12.1

    • In VirtualBox Manager, for your XP vm, click on "Storage" and select "empty" below the Floppy Controller.
    • Click on the floppy icon at the top right corner next to the combo box labeled "Floppy" and select "Host drive 3.5" 1440 K (fd0)"
    • Click OK.
    • Boot the vm and the floppy will appear as drive A: in Windows.


    * It should not be mounted under Linux ... or it won't work.
    * Please use the virtualization subforum if you have other questions related to VirtualBox.

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    Default Re: virtualbox, WinXP, floppy drive, SuSE 12.1

    Hi folks,

    thanks for your suggestions. YES, I would like to mount a floppy drive!
    This can be done with vmware.

    In WinXP as a guest, using the explorer, I see the floppy drive A:, but
    trying to mount it I get the following messages:

    Unable to mount the floppy Host Drive FDD 1 (fd0) on the machine
    Windows_XP

    Could not mount the media/drive '/dev/fd0'
    (VERR_ACCESS_DENIED)

    Details

    Result Code:
    NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
    Component:
    Console
    Interface:
    IConsole {1968b7d3-e3bf-4ceb-99e0-cb7c913317bb}
    Callee:
    IMachine {5eaa9319-62fc-4b0a-843c-0cb1940f8a91}

    Any hints?

    Thanks again,

    Uwe.

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    Default Re: virtualbox, WinXP, floppy drive, SuSE 12.1

    Quote Originally Posted by unass View Post
    In WinXP as a guest, using the explorer, I see the floppy drive A:, but
    trying to mount it I get the following messages:
    Apply the steps I described *before* booting the vm. I tried and it worked. You have to attach the floppy to the vm first (as well as detach it when you don't need it anymore).

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    Default Re: virtualbox, WinXP, floppy drive, SuSE 12.1

    Hi all,

    first: I hab to add the "floppy" group to my <username>! Then I could apply the steps
    "please_try_again" mentioned, and it worked. But.... I cannot see the floppy disk. The
    drive is there and the light goes on (and stays on!) at the disk drive, but a WindowsXP
    / DOS dir gives: "The device is not ready". Trying to format a new disk gives: "Cannot
    open volume for direct access". So VirtualBox v4.1.8 seems to have an error (?!?!). What
    do you think? Which (working) version do you use?

    Thanks again and Merry X-mas,

    Uwe.

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    Default Re: virtualbox, WinXP, floppy drive, SuSE 12.1

    Quote Originally Posted by unass View Post
    The drive is there and the light goes on (and stays on!) at the disk drive, but a WindowsXP
    / DOS dir gives: "The device is not ready".
    If the light stays on, it's not good. It usually means that it cannot read the floppy and keeps trying.

    Quote Originally Posted by unass View Post
    Trying to format a new disk gives: "Cannot
    open volume for direct access".
    Make sure that it is not mounted (or automatically mounted) under Linux. Alternatively you can also use the mtools, a set of commands to read, write, format DOS floppies - without mounting them (!) - unless you need to access them in Windows.

    Quote Originally Posted by unass View Post
    So VirtualBox v4.1.8 seems to have an error (?!?!). What
    do you think? Which (working) version do you use?
    Same version, from Oracle. I don't know how old are your floppies. But I usually have to try a couple ones before I find a usable one.

    Quote Originally Posted by unass View Post
    Thanks again and Merry X-mas,
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    Quote Originally Posted by unass View Post
    Hi all,

    first: I hab to add the "floppy" group to my <username>! Then I could apply the steps
    "please_try_again" mentioned, and it worked. But.... I cannot see the floppy disk. The
    drive is there and the light goes on (and stays on!) at the disk drive, but a WindowsXP
    / DOS dir gives: "The device is not ready". Trying to format a new disk gives: "Cannot
    open volume for direct access". So VirtualBox v4.1.8 seems to have an error (?!?!). What
    do you think? Which (working) version do you use?

    Thanks again and Merry X-mas,

    Uwe.
    Most often, if this is an FDC type floppy drive with a one of two drive floppy cable, the cable is plugged in backwards as in the pin one stripe is on the wrong side OR, the cable is off by a pair of pins OR of course the floppy or cable are just bad. When the light is on, one can say that it does have power, which is a good sign. I never found an FDC floppy drives to work very well in openSUSE and highly recommend you switch to a USB floppy drive type (while you can still find one to buy) and I even have a USB Floppy script you can use to format a disk, but only for USB.

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    Default Re: virtualbox, WinXP, floppy drive, SuSE 12.1

    Quote Originally Posted by jdmcdaniel3 View Post
    Most often, if this is an FDC type floppy drive with a one of two drive floppy cable, the cable is plugged in backwards as in the pin one stripe is on the wrong side.
    The light would be on all the time even is there is no floppy inserted, as soon as you power on the computer... and the drive would probably die after a couple hours.

    * Btw, Merry Christmas to you and your beloved, James!

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