Re: argh! linux and floppies
Marc Wilson wrote:
This thread got me to wondering about my own floppies, which I have not
checked in some time. I tried to access several floppies, all
unsuccessfully. Mount either seems to do nothing, or it makes a lot of
noise. In either case it does not mount the drive and it never exits,
either. I tried to kill mount (as root) but that didnpt work. Nothing
will turn the drive light off short of physically removing the diskette.
On Sun, Oct 29, 2006 at 07:08:53PM -0600, Kent West wrote:
sudo fdformat -n /dev/.static/dev/fd0u1440
I have to wonder how you came up with that, vs reading the man page for
fdformat(8). That tells you to use setfdprm(8) to set the parameters of the
generic device before trying to use it.
Further, why wouldn't you just use superformat(1)? It usually does a MUCH
better job with marginal media than fdformat(8) does, and it'll invoke
mformat for you when it's done.
I did try to use superformat. It seemed to do the low level format OK,
but then it got to running mformat and the drive just made a whole lot
of noise and eventually gave me the following error:
$ superformat /dev/fd0
Formatting cylinder 79, head 1
mformat -s18 -t80 -h2 -S2 -M512 a:
plain_io: Input/output error
mformat: Error reading from '/dev/fd0', wrong parameters?
warning: mformat error
Verifying cylinder 0, head 0 read: Input/output error
It occurs to me that, since I recently installed a new MB, that the
controller has changed and possibly the drive as well) since I last
tried to use the drive. Superformat would still be using the previous
deviation, but where is that stored. I checked the man pages for
superformat and fdutils. They say /usr/local/etc/fddriveprm, but this
does not exist. Is there some way to force superformat to check the
drive and controller again to get the correct deviation for the current
drive and controller?
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