On Tuesday 22 July 2008, Wakko Warner wrote:Gene Heskett wrote:Neither do I. It registers asI just been advised by private email that I an not the only one who hasI guess I'll chime in. I'm not sure this is the same problem or not, but my
lost the use of his floppy drive via dd. The corresponder noted that he
had a copy of DSL with a 2.4.something kernel, and his drive worked
flawlessly while booted to DSL.
So now there are at least 2 floppy users wandering in the wilderness
looking for water. We need it to support 20 year old computers without a
TCP stack or network cards.
Alpha AS1000a (EV56 5/400) has never successfully been able to read the
floppy. I always get garbage. The drive does work as I can use the RCU
from floppy from the Arc BIOS.
Linux sees this device as a 2.88mb floppy. It is a 1.44mb and the
information in the Arc BIOS is set to 1.44mb (I don't think it matters, I
boot from SRM, not sure how to set the floppy there)
I also do not see any errors or other useful messages in the logs.
Jul 20 22:56:59 coyote kernel: [ 16.297661] Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
Jul 20 22:56:59 coyote kernel: [ 16.312758] FDC 0 is a post-1991 82077
Jun 1 15:23:06 narf kernel: [4262383.309846] Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 2.88M
Jun 1 15:23:06 narf kernel: [4262383.324494] FDC 0 is a National
I tried forcing to use a specific type:
Jun 1 16:21:38 narf kernel: [4194206.301784] floppy0: setting CMOS code to
4 Jun 1 16:21:38 narf kernel: [4194206.301784] Floppy drive(s): fd0 is
1.44M Jun 1 16:21:38 narf kernel: [4194206.314479] FDC 0 is a National
But that failed even worse with errors on sector 0. (NOTE the floppy was
Glad to know I'm not the only one, there are 3 of us now.