[wellylug] Mandrake 9.0 unable to write to floppy

Jamie Dobbs jamie.dobbs at paradise.net.nz
Sat Oct 12 10:06:40 NZDT 2002


On a fresh install of Mandrake 9.0 I am unable to write to floppy disks
(in this case vfat ones).

my /etc/fstab looks like this:

/dev/hdb1 / ext3 defaults 1 1
none /dev/pts devpts mode=0620 0 0
/dev/hdb6 /home ext3 defaults 1 2
none /mnt/cdrom supermount
dev=/dev/hdc,fs=auto,ro,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0
none /mnt/cdrom2 supermount
dev=/dev/scd0,fs=auto,ro,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto
user,iocharset=iso8859-1,sync,codepage=850,noauto,umask=0 0 0
/dev/hda1 /mnt/win_c vfat iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0
/dev/hda2 /mnt/win_d vfat iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0
/dev/hda3 /mnt/win_e vfat iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hdb5 swap swap defaults 0 0

/dev/fd0 has these properties:

lr-xr-xr-x /dev/fd0 -> floppy/0

floppy/0 looks like this:

0 brw-rw--w- /dev/floppy/0

I'm tempted to chmod u+w on this but seeing as I can't write to the
floppy even when I'm root I don't see how this can make any difference.

I know that the FDD works fine as I can write to it without any problems
from Windows.

Can anyone point me in the direction of a solution, I've already tried
MandrakeExpert oand searched Google.

TIA






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