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Bug 11717 - Can not mount /dev/fd0 on /mnt/floppy
Can not mount /dev/fd0 on /mnt/floppy
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: dev (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Nalin Dahyabhai
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Reported: 2000-05-28 14:16 EDT by Vahik Manookian
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-05-30 11:27:52 EDT
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Description Vahik Manookian 2000-05-28 14:16:07 EDT
Hi there,

After Installing Red hat 6.2 (this is my first linux product),
I can not use my floppy disk.
When I trying to use the floppy I get the follwoing error
(either using the floppy icon or using the command line via an xterm)
> mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy/
mount: the kernel does not recognize /dev/fd0 as a block device
       (maybe `insmod driver'?)
I have upgrade the kernel from 2.2.14-5.0 to 2.2.14-12, but the
problem did not go away, I have also updated the kernel for some
bug fixes for 2.2.14-12 but the problem still exsists.

Could you please help me?

Note that my floppy drive is Panasonic Super Disk (LS120) 120MB.
I have no problem using the drive in win98.
I also want to convert the FAT32 formatted floppies into EXT2FS.
Comment 1 Vahik Manookian 2000-05-28 14:24:59 EDT
*** Bug 11718 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 2 Vahik Manookian 2000-05-28 17:21:59 EDT
I have done lots of searching for this problem and I have executed
all the suggested solutions but none of them works and I always get
the same error. Here is a list of the commands that I have ran:
> mount /mnt/floppy
> mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
> mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
> mount /dev/fd1 /mnt/floppy (including -t for vfat and msdos)
> mount /dev/fd0H1440 /mnt/floppy (including -t for vfat and msdos)
> mount /dev/fd0h1200 /mnt/floppy (including -t for vfat and msdos)

I have no problem using the CD.
My /etc/fstab is:
/dev/hda5               /                       ext2    defaults        1 1
/dev/hda2               /boot                   ext2    defaults        1 2
/dev/cdrom              /mnt/cdrom              iso9660 noauto,owner,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0                /mnt/floppy             auto    noauto,owner    0 0
none                    /proc                   proc    defaults        0 0
none                    /dev/pts                devpts  gid=5,mode=620  0 0
/dev/hda6               swap                    swap    defaults        0 0
listing /dev/fd0 gives
> ll /dev | grep fd0
brw-rw----    1 vahik    floppy     2,   0 May  5  1998 fd0

One last information I can provide is that in dos, win98 detects a 5&1/2"
floppy drive, I don't know how much this is related, but I want to give
any information I can.
Comment 3 Nalin Dahyabhai 2000-05-30 11:27:59 EDT
Is your floppy drive actually being detected as one?  Because many of them are
actually ATAPI devices and not "real" floppy drives, LS-120 drives often show
up as removable hard drives, which would make the device name "/dev/hdb" or
something similar.  Check the /var/log/dmesg file for a line like this one:

hdb: LS-120

If you see something like this, then you're attempting to mount the wrong
device, and you should only need to fix the fstab entry to reflect that.
Comment 4 Nalin Dahyabhai 2000-07-10 17:26:50 EDT
(Closed due to inactivity.)

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