linux and floppy drive

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Fri Oct 5 09:27:52 UTC 2012

I forgot:

Script started on Fri 05 Oct 2012 05:25:01 AM EDT
[root at hex29 ~]# fdmformat a:
plain_io: Input/output error
mformat: Error reading from '/dev/fd0', wrong parameters?
[root at hex29 ~]# fdformat /dev/fd0 H1440
fdformat: Could not determine current format type: No such device
[root at hex29 ~]# exit

Script done on Fri 05 Oct 2012 05:26:08 AM EDT

On Fri, 5 Oct 2012, Jude DaShiell wrote:

> I have a floppy drive debian and arch will not use.  It works well enough 
> when I put an unformatted disk in it and boot the computer the boot 
> process is stopped and remains so until that floppy disk gets removed.  
> It's one of the 3.5 inch floppy disks and I noticed several different 
> possible formats for it in /etc/mediaprm when I checked that file.  Even 
> new floppy disks with no low level formatting on them will not low level 
> format and forget about any other access operations.  Unless I'm 
> overlooking something, there doesn't appear to be any command line tool to 
> do a floppy probe operation and write an appropriate configuration file or 
> update /etc/fstab.  kde has kde-floppy but kde hasn't got accessibility to 
> the same extent command line users with speakup have or emacspeak or gnome 
> users have with orca.  I'll probably be able to move files off floppy 
> disks if I can get the internal drive working or if that fails buy a usb 
> floppy and try to get that working.
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