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

James Freer jessejazza3.uk at gmail.com
Mon Jul 22 19:37:37 UTC 2013

On Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM, Ric Moore <wayward4now at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 07/20/2013 03:35 AM, James Freer wrote:
>> On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 9:55 PM, Ric Moore <wayward4now at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 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
>> I've did that but i've still got a problem somehow.
> Did you reboot? (damn...sounds to much like advice for Windows Users)
> Maybe enter these search terms for google "floppy drive usb ubuntu"
> and there is a pile of hits. I'm sure I did that as well. Happy time, it
> will work. Mine works now.  You DO have to have a formatted disk IN THE
> DRIVE when you connect it. Otherwise the computer does a quick Hunt The
> Wumpus and sorrily gives up.
> http://askubuntu.com/questions/168597/how-do-i-use-a-floppy-drive-in-ubuntu
> Adding your user to group "floppy" and identifying the correct device for
> the drive certainly helped. I did have to flail around a bit in google
> before it would work though. I would have written down my steps, but I
> figured I was the last guy in the world to trouble with a floppy drive. :)
> Ric

I don't know but here is what i did. I put Vector Linux (slackware
derivative) which appears to have very good component recognition -
thought being that while the internal 3.5 and 3.5 usb could be
recognised and working on win XP... maybe for some reason not on linux
(unlikely! but worth a try). Formatted a disk in each ok.

It would seem that there is a problem somehow with xubuntu 12.04. I
tried 13.04 which i hadn't got round to installing as i've been
sticking with LTS. Result... works fine - floppy icon back on the desk
top along with the usb one. I regret to say that i found the 'Precise'
release... "Imprecise". I thought all the LTS versions were better
developed and tested. Precise in my view is one of the poor ones.

Thanks to those that offered help. Now that i've got a usb and PLoP on
a CD i think i'll be installing the 6 month releases from now on.


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