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

Ric Moore wayward4now at gmail.com
Fri Jul 19 20:55:17 UTC 2013

On 07/18/2013 05:51 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]

I got it working. I entered "floppy" to the search bar of Synaptic and 
installed them all. In /etc/group I have a group "floppy" as well. It 
took some dinking with, and it works. I can just plug the USB floppy in 
and it is recognized. Floppies are auto-mounted as well. Ric

My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.
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