Beginner Q1: Linux incapable of handling FDD?

Dave Woyciesjes woyciesjes at
Thu Jan 14 17:50:50 UTC 2010

Andrew Kane wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 7:59 AM, Thomas Blasejewicz
> <thomas at> wrote:
>> So, just to confirm: is it really so, that Linux is incapable of
>> handling a FDD???
>> Since this is a task every computer on the planet could do that over the
>> last three decades, I do have difficulties believing that this can be so
>> incredibly complex. Even though floppys may be considered by some people
>> to be "behind our time".
> Hello Thomas,
> I can assure you from long experience that Linux (the "kernel" that
> is, the part that deals with the hardware such as floppy drives) can
> handle FDD's just fine when properly configured.
> The difficulty is in knowing whether or not your kernel is so
> configured. The following information will help:
> (start a terminal window from "Applications -> Accessories ->
> Terminal" and type the command)
> 1) Output of "uname -a"
> 2) Output of "lspci"
> 3) Output of "lsmod -a"
>>From your post I'm not sure if you are using SuSE or Ubuntu at the
> moment. Hopefully someone here knows if the Ubuntu kernel supports FDD
> by default.

	Yep, 9.04 can open floppies just fine. My box is standard, no funny 
stuff. Just upgraded from 8.04 - 8.10 - 9.04...

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