Floppy drive not responding.

HermanAA hermanaa at gmail.com
Sun Jun 28 20:48:35 UTC 2009

On Sun, 2009-06-28 at 07:58 -0700, NoOp wrote:
> On 06/28/2009 04:00 AM, HermanAA wrote:

> > Unexpected things happen:
> > Poor girl Camly (student, 18, no money, amazing lady, she is a lot
> > sharper than I am) got an old computer from the local SSS, with WIN95 on
> > it and NO CDROM drive.
> >  (it's perfectly OK! to laugh).
> Might be cheaper & better idea to pull an old CD/DVD drive from a
> discarded system and install for her. That way when new releases come
> out you can burn a CD for her & let her upgrade via CD instead of via
> the internet. Plus, depending on how old the system is, Win95 may be the
> better choice over WinXP.

I had 2 CD-drives in my junkbox.
The Read-Only is already hooked-up at Camly. But her WIN95 has no
I Googled for the CD-driver and instructions.
To prepare a diskette for her, I installed a Floppy-drive in my system.
 .... and ran into problems. (and asked you for help)

My Floppy-drive is working in Windows. I already made a bootable WIN-95
Floppy incl CD-ROM driver for Camly.
She is some busy girl, had no chance to test it yet.

> > ... and she says: "Uncle Herman, NO CDROM. How can I install XP?
> >  (I already gave her a copy of Puppy-Linux CD, to smell Linux. I expect
> > that smart kid to be on Linux, Ubuntu probably, long before she can
> > afford Windows 7. She will be using XP when Ubuntu does not do what
> > needs to be done).
> Hit the recycle shops & find her a CD drive.
> > 
> > So, I have to help her.
> > My computer has no more floppy-drive. (who needs floppies ??)
> > So I installed my best floppy-drive (from my computer junk-box).
> > And I have problems getting it going ......
> Try loading a knoppix CD and see if the drive shows up there (you
> mentioned it does in Windows). Better yet; if you have a hardy liveCD,
> try that. There were/are issues with floppies in intrepid & jaunty [1]

I thought I made a dumb mistake somewhere.
With your help that is eliminated.
It will work (it is already working partially). It is down to spending
time om it.

> Note: I have floppy drives installed & working on nearly all of my
> systems - so we've plenty to compare to. All except my test system were
> upgraded from earlier versions of Ubuntu. I'll load up the test system
> today with a clean jaunty & see if I have r/w issues with the floppy.
> [1]
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/jaunty/+source/linux/+bug/255651
> [floppy disk drive not detected (module not loaded) in Intrepid and Jaunty]
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/349593
> [[jaunty] Floppy - read and write fails]
> Gary (LoLo)

Honestly, I would not know what to do without your/list help and
encouragement. (Big Thanks again).

Herman in PHL.

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