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Bug 84510

Summary: (FLOPPY)Red Hat Linux 8.0 cannot create boot disk or mount floppy.
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Richard A. Pries <3d-analyst>
Component: kernelAssignee: Arjan van de Ven <arjanv>
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX QA Contact: Brian Brock <bbrock>
Severity: medium Docs Contact:
Priority: medium    
Version: 8.0   
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Hardware: i686   
OS: Linux   
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Last Closed: 2004-09-30 15:40:32 UTC Type: ---
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Description Flags
interrupts, IO ports, and modules from /proc file system
Configuration data from Windows NT on same computer. none

Description Richard A. Pries 2003-02-18 05:37:48 UTC
Description of problem: Red Hat Linux 8.0 cannot create boot disk at end of 
installation or mount floppy after it is installed.  However, the floppy drive 
worked fine when Red Hat Linux 6.2 and 7.0 were reinstalled.  Model of floppy 
drive is Sony MPF920-Z.  

When booting the following messages were displayed:

ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
Partition check:
 hda: hda1 hda2 < hda5 > hda3 hda4
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
floppy0: Floppy io-port 0x03f2 in use

The following SCSI error message was also displayed, but the two SCSI devices 
on the system worked fine:

SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k scsi_hostadapter, errno = 2
scsi0 : Adaptec AIC7XXX EISA/VLB/PCI SCSI HBA DRIVER, Rev 6.2.8
        <Adaptec 2940 Ultra SCSI adapter>
        aic7880: Ultra Single Channel A, SCSI Id=7, 16/253 SCBs

System is configured to dual boot with Windows NT 4.0.  The floppy drive works 
fine with Windows NT.

Attached are /proc information, complete dmesg, and configuration data obtained 
by running winmsd in Windows NT.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
Actual results:
mount: /dev/fd0 is not a valid block device

Expected results:
Floppy should have mounted.

Additional info:
# ls -l /dev/fd0
brw-rw----    1 root     floppy     2,   0 Aug 30 16:31 /dev/fd0

Comment 1 Richard A. Pries 2003-02-18 05:43:17 UTC
Created attachment 90144 [details]

Comment 2 Richard A. Pries 2003-02-18 05:52:51 UTC
Created attachment 90145 [details]
interrupts, IO ports, and modules from /proc file system

Comment 3 Richard A. Pries 2003-02-18 05:54:17 UTC
Created attachment 90146 [details]
Configuration data from Windows NT on same computer.

Comment 4 Bugzilla owner 2004-09-30 15:40:32 UTC
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem

The Fedora Legacy project ( maintains some older releases, 
and if you believe this bug is interesting to them, please report the problem in
the bug tracker at: