[xubuntu-users] 3.5 floppy drive (internal or usb) and PLoP

Per-Magnus Thörn per-magnus at operamail.com
Fri Jul 19 09:31:30 UTC 2013

Hi James
I have no idea about your floppy problem in xubuntu, BUT I have made the
(now proven wrong) assumption that a SD card would be a more reliable
storage. Twice the last month my SD-card has been totally corrupted and
in need of being reformatted, with total loss of data.
So stick to the floppy I would say. They are better than their

Since this only is my opinion and has nothing whatsoever to do with the
subject, I decided not to reply to the list, but I reacted on your
statement that SD card would be a better storage. (It might be that I
have a bad SD card, but searching on "SD card disaster" gave me a hint
that there are a lot of restrictions in using SD cards)

Hope that you solve the floppy problem with Xubuntu!

Best regards

Per-Magnus Thörn
  Per-Magnus Thörn
  per-magnus at operamail.com

On Thu, Jul 18, 2013, at 09:51 PM, James Freer wrote:
> [using xubuntu 12.04]
> I would be grateful if someone could advise whether xubuntu reads the
> floppy drive either internal or remote usb. I have found that it
> DOESN'T. Ubuntu when i used it back in the days of 8.04 did but i
> don't know if xubuntu ever has.
> WHY ON EARTH!!!! ... i'm sure will be the cry... should one want to
> use 3.5 floppy... i'll explain!
> Yesterday a memstick decided to die (only about 6 months ago did
> another give trouble), so i have decided to stop using them... it
> would seem that the SD cards (and the other sizes) seem a better means
> of media storage... todate i have had no trouble with them. For
> temporary storage worth using as one can utilise them for the camera
> as well when required.
> Two reasons for this post
> - i want to use an older pc for compiling and testing on rather than
> risk messing up my main two year old pc. Its a P3 and although old
> actually runs very well... seems Compaq were better made than later
> pc's... well i think so looking at this motherboard. But the cdrom
> isn't working and it seems new one's aren't available (and of course
> *buntu isos have gone over the CD 700mb limit. It does have a 3.5
> floppy.
> - i was thinking of using PLoP on the 3.5 floppy (which is available)
> and then installing from the remote usb or remote usb DVD sata drive.
> So is this possible and why does one use unetbootin to put the iso on
> usb if using PLoP. I can't see why one can't just copy the iso to the
> usb as PLoP provides the boot. [Suppose the other excuse for this idea
> is the fact that i've got five 3.5 floppy drives so it wouldn't hurt
> to use a one or two instead of gathering dust]
> thanks
> james
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