Bug 429722 - No floppy config in Fedora 8 kernel?
No floppy config in Fedora 8 kernel?
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Reported: 2008-01-22 12:58 EST by Paul Tibbitts
Modified: 2009-01-09 00:50 EST (History)
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Description Paul Tibbitts 2008-01-22 12:58:10 EST
Description of problem: 

Standard internal floppy not recognized.  No string "FLOP" in
config- No /dev/fd* files created. This kernel was installed and
updated from standard repositories - not compiled from source.

On same hardware older kernels print:
FDC 0 is a National Semiconductor PC87306
and device files are created and floppy works.

Computer boots older linux from floppy when bootable diskette installed.

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Comment 1 Chuck Ebbert 2008-01-22 14:09:12 EST
That's "CONFIG_BLK_DEV_FD" and it is set.
Comment 2 Paul Tibbitts 2008-01-22 14:47:48 EST
Thank you for that reply.  Sorry I didn't know the parameter name had changed
from earlier 2.6 kernels. I was comparing to two other computers, one with
CentOS 4.4 and one with FC6.  Seemed like not too big a jump from to

However the problem remains, there are no floppy device files and the kernel
does not report finding a floppy at boot, unless that message has also changed.

dmesg | grep -i fd example in 2.6.9-42.0.10: 

Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is a National Semiconductor PC87306

and on

Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is an 8272A

When I do the same case-insensitive search for "fd" on FC8

ACPI: RSDP 000FDF50, 0014 (r0 DELL  )
ACPI: RSDT 000FDF64, 0028 (r1 DELL    GX1            2 ASL        61)
ACPI: FACP 000FDF8C, 0074 (r1 DELL    GX1            2 ASL        61)
ehci_hcd 0000:02:09.2: irq 11, io mem 0xfaffdc00

nothing else.

The man pages still state that floppy device files are /dev/fd*.  They aren't
present on FC8.  I have reinstalled on another computer from scratch, same result.
Comment 3 Chuck Ebbert 2008-01-22 19:22:56 EST
You just need to load the driver with the modprobe command:

# modprobe floppy

In Fedora 6 the floppy module was loaded by the script

for i in nvram floppy parport lp snd-powermac sonypi;do
        modprobe $i >/dev/null 2>&1

That script is gone in F8...
Comment 4 Paul Tibbitts 2008-01-23 01:27:00 EST
Replacing this file fixes the problem, thanks!
Comment 5 Bug Zapper 2008-11-26 04:31:57 EST
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Comment 6 Bug Zapper 2009-01-09 00:50:16 EST
Fedora 8 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-01-07. Fedora 8 is 
no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further 
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