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Missing floppy disk in 64bit ubuntu 8.10

Also search for fstab file shows no file, after fresh install from downloaded ubuntu 8.10
Re-installed 3 times
Floppy disk working on system [Windows]
System. Asus m2a-vm hdmi
am2 Athlon 64 x2 4GB

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  • weinlick Nov 30, 2008

    HP Compaq nx9010 Pentium 4, 512MB RAM


    Ubuntu 8.10 never recognizes floppies, either automatically or by command line attempts


    Puppy 4.1.1 running on the same machine will recognize floppies, however.

  • bsimms36 Nov 30, 2008

    I installed ubuntu 8.10 and the floppy drive does not show up in Places. Therefore I can not address my floppy.

  • redsands66 Dec 19, 2008

    ubuntu 8.10 does not recognize my floppy my previous version did.

  • Jerry May 11, 2010

    Why do you need a floppy disk? Seems like a config issue when setting up ubuntu, but I would like more info to be able to help you.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    has Icon in nautilus that is a total dud, cannot open existing files on diskette. Detect media only causes the drive motor to run continuously until the diskette is removed, files never open. Mount returns Error that there is no media detected. Everything in properties is "unknown"

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I solved the problem now, so I hope it works for you. In the /etc/modules file, I added "floppy" top the list. I think the developers just removed the module loading for floppies because so few people need them now. This change should get the floppy module to load at boot. Note that you can also use the modprobe command to accomplish the same thing, but if you want it to load automatically upon booting, modify the /etc/modules file.

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Hi, did you install the server version or the desktop version?? i suggest that you opn the side of you desktop and unplug the floppy disk and plug it back again, intrepid should recognise a new plug hardware automaticaly, if that does not help follow the next step.

When your pc start, after listing your hadware, and just before it comes to the grub Ubuntu graphic logo, press the esc key, and change your kernel to the previous version, and press enter on your key board, this should reverse the kernel and pick up the hardware config.

Any problem come back to me, richardicare@googlemail.com


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