Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 101973
System hangs when using gnome floppy formmatter gfloppy
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:56:44 EDT
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Description of problem:
When trying to format floppy disks using the floppy formatter via the system
tools menu my system "locks up/hangs". The floppy light is stuck on and the only
way to recover is to power off and on. I have built 4 identical system and they
all do the same thing.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Place floppy disk in drive
2. Navigate to floppy formatter thru the main menu and system tools
3. Choose options and click format
Actual Results: The system will access the floppy and start the format progress
bar. Then some seconds later everything stops and the system is dead.
Expected Results: Formatting of floppy should have continued until the
fornatting is complete.
4 systems setup the same. Updated Bios Award 1004 and kernel: Linux version
ASUS P4S800 SIS 648FX motherboard
3GHz Intel CPU 800MHzFSB
1G DDR 400 memory
2-Maxtor 120Gig hard drives
8X AGP Geforce 4 64meg apollo graphics
The same happens in my system with kfloppy (kdeutils-3.1-4, KFloppy: 2.0)
Besides, this seams to be related with bug 99299 (umounting /dev/fd0 after write
hangs the system and reset button is the only way to restart). However I was
able to write to floppy and successfully umount it once.
Details of my system:
Linux version 2.4.20-8
Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz
ASUS P4S533-X motherboard
AGP 4x GeForce 4 MX/Ti
Driver: NVRM version: NVIDIA Linux x86 Kernel Module 1.0-4363
Even VMWare hangs the whole system when writing to floppy in Windows98
This seems more like a kernel bug. gfloppy shouldn't be able to do that.
I have the same problem in RHEL 3.0 with kernel 2.4.21-4.0.2. Another
report is described at
Problably a bad hardware/BIOS which kernel cannot work-around ;-)
This sounds like a "can't fix" but anyway reassigning.
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem
The Fedora Legacy project (http://fedoralegacy.org/) maintains some older releases,
and if you believe this bug is interesting to them, please report the problem in
the bug tracker at: http://bugzilla.fedora.us/