Floppy Drives

Paul Groves paul.groves.787 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 26 19:39:45 UTC 2019


On 26/03/2019 16:19, compdoc wrote:
> Paul Groves wrote:
> 
>>> As far as I can see, udev thinks it is a hard disk and not a floppy
>>> disk drive so it trying to repeatedly poll the drive.
>>>
>>> It appears all that is needed it to tell udev not to poll the disk,
>>> but I have no idea how to troubleshoot any further.
>>>
>>> Can anyone shed some light please?
> 
> I've opened floppy drives and watched the worm gear just keep turning 
> because a sensor wasn't working. Maybe you can clean it, or maybe you 
> just need another floppy drive.
> 
> 

It's a triple boot system and drive works fine in windows 7, but not in 
opensuse or ubuntu, so I know the problem is with how linux handles 
floppy drives.

Strangely, if using a floppy drive with a regular floppy ribbon 
connector on the motherboard it works fine. Also works fine with USB 
floppy drives.

The problem is with SCSI floppy drives and also on one PC with a floppy 
drive but there is a floppy to usb header converter because the 
motherboard does not have a floppy connector. In these situations linux 
is identifying the drives as hard disks not floppy disks and I don't 
know how to make it work correctly.



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