can't open floppy disc

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Wed Aug 11 03:08:42 UTC 2010

On 11/08/2010 12:51, Ric Moore wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-08-10 at 21:48 -0400, Douglas Pollard wrote:
>> On 08/10/2010 05:05 PM, Ric Moore wrote:
>>> On Tue, 2010-08-10 at 16:57 -0400, BC Planner wrote:
>>>> If XP and Ubu are on the same machine why not import the files into the XP
>>>> side and move them to Ubu from there.
>>>> Alternatively, copy the files to CD via XP and write to Ubu/OpenOffice via
>>>> the CD.
>>>> Just a thought; I used to do the move from Vista to Ubu.
>>> Isn't support for USB floppy a bios option? :) Ric
>> YEs I think it is in the bios for to start the computer from a floppy.
>> . It used to be that  floppy support was in Ubuntu 9.8 and earlier but
>> is not in 10.04 so I need to find a tutorial on how to install support.
> You might want to enable that in your bios for it to be found. It's just
> another storage device, I would think it could be enabled and mounted.
> Just a thought, Ric

Just a bit more about this.

Linux expects the BIOS to be in control of all things.

On the other hand Windows is quite happy to be in control over some 
things which is why the PnP "system" was developed.

Even if you are dual-booting and have Windows installed, in your BIOS 
make sure that the setting for "using PnP system", or some such, is OFF 
- or respond with NO or whatever but just make sure that the BIOS is 
told that no PnP devices are installed (even if they are).

Windows won't fall apart - it will still keep going as before, but Linux 
will appreciate this move.

(Read about this in one of my reference books when I first started 
playing around with Linux and therefore have always had the PnP thingie 


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