can't open floppy disc

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Wed Aug 11 06:32:08 UTC 2010

On 11/08/2010 15:54, James Hogarth wrote:
>> My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to you and the rest of the
>> family.
>> Having gone through this a number of times I quite understand.
>> However, the best thing you can do now is to get some sleep - won't be
>> easy, but you just have to. A bit more sadness is yet to come so you
>> must be in a better frame of mind....
>> (And don't pay any mind to this BIOS thingie :-) .)
>> BC
> Thank you ... been awake since 3am today and not had much sleep anyway
> since he went into the hospice last week... been answering emails in
> one tab, buying GoG games in another and working in a third to
> distract myself...

Quite understandable. But as I stated, while it is hard to do you need 
to trundle off to bed and sleep. If you have an all-night chemist open, 
get some sleeping pills and take one. Staying awake will not reverse the 

> Anyway that is totally off topic at this point and doesn't help the OP at all ;)

Stuff the "off topic" crap. Being human is much more important than 
being "on topic"!

> Hopefully he comes back with /var/log/messages output so we can see if
> his usb floppy is being presented as /dev/fd0 or something else and
> arrange mount instructions as appropriate...

I am running 10.04 and have a floppy drive. I can read any floppy I 
insert without any effort: I insert it, and its contents comes up in 

When I installed Lucid it automatically put this entry in fstab:

/dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0

Only very recently I moved my wife's computer over to Lucid (from 
another distro) and fstab on her compuer shows the same entry.

Both systems are desktops, both 32-bit but of different CPU 'power' and 
BIOSs and mobos. But both have "NO PnP" set in the BIOS (sorry, slip of 
the tongue :-) ).

Now, go and get some sleep!


Don't resent getting old - a great many are denied the privelege.

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