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Re: argh! linux and floppies

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On 10/28/06 17:47, Kent West wrote:
> Mark Grieveson wrote:
>> Has anyone else noticed how awful Linux has become for dealing with
>> floppies (aka A-drive)?  Years ago it was not bad, but now, even
>> mtoolsfm doesn't seem to work.  All of these floppies work in Windows
>> and/or dos drives.  I find this to be the case on various different
>> computers that are running Linux (Debian) that I've tried.  If anyone
>> has any tips, I'd appreciate it.
>> Mark
> I have just 30 minutes ago tried to use three 3.5" floppies on two
> different machines, and can't get anywhere with them. I decided to put
> it on the back burner and read my email when I came across your post.
> I've tried cfdisk and fdisk to look at the partition(s) (do these work
> on floppies?), and mformat, and mkfs.vfat, and fdformat, and all I ever
> get is something like "could not get geometry of device" or "Problem
> reading cylinder 0" or "Unable to read /dev/fd0", etc.
> Very frustrating. It's nice to know it appears to be happening to
> someone else also.

What kernel?  Debian binary or home-rolled?

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