Using a floppy

Neil Winchurst neil at
Tue Nov 21 14:58:45 UTC 2006

Kaj Haulrich wrote:
> On Tuesday 21 November 2006 12:29, Neil Winchurst wrote:
>> I had a new computer built for me last May and installed
>> Mandriva. Recently I installed kubuntu Edgy. My computer included
>> a floppy drive which I had not asked for but since it was there I
>> used it. In Mandriva no problems.
>> In kubuntu I am having a small problem so I am asking for some
>> help. Yes, I know about changing /etc/fstab which I have done so
>> that the start of the last line is /dev/fd0. I can now read my
>> diskettes OK. All my diskettes are already formatted to Ext2 and
>> they are all writeable.
>> My problem is that I cannot write to them, which rather defeats
>> the purpose. I mount the floppy, I create a text file and then I
>> try to save it to the floppy and I get the message 'Unable to
>> write to file'.
>> The permissions of fd0 are rw-rw-rw- and yes I am included as a
>> user in the 'floppy' group.
>> This leaves me rather baffled. Can anyone help please?
> Two guesses :
> The permissions should include the executable bit (x), otherwise you 
> cant change directories.  Try 'chmod 777'.
> Your fstab should include 'umask=0'. for example :
> /dev/ fd0    /media/floppy0  auto   umask=0, rw,user,noauto  0  0
> Kaj Haulrich. 
I have tried both and it makes no difference. I can mount a floppy. I 
can read a file that is already present but I cannot write a new on to 
the diskettle. This is very strange.

Neil Winchurst

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