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Floppy Disk controller not detected under Suse 9.0

Posted on 2003-12-08
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After installing Suse 9.0 my floppy became anavailable. Boot log showed following message:

<6>Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
<4>floppy0: no floppy controllers found

- The floppy disk works fine when I boot the windows partition, so it can't be a loose connection.
- lsmod and modprobe return empty (as in: no mention of a floppy anywhere)
- Booting in safmode (i.e. with the disableapic, nodma, etc. kernel opions) doesn't help.

Computer specs:
- Pent4 1.7 GHz
- Asus motherboard (Type: P4T-F, I think)
- 256 Mb RAM
- 40 Gb HD (Maxtor)
- Linux kernel: 2.4.21-99-default, compiled with gcc 3.3.1

The entire bootlog can be found here:
http://131.211.33.74/asciimonster/syslog.txt
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shivsa earned 125 total points
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This is a bug in kernel and patch might be coming in.
http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=60887

there it is suggested to recompile the kernel with floppy module then floppy might work.

here is kernel fix.
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(http://linux-kernel.skylab.org/20011021/msg01481.html)
seems to describe and solve just this problem.

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and this is the problem with ASUS motherboard versus floppy drive.
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by:asciiman
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Thanks for the link. I've found a kernel patch on Suse's ftp site. I'm going to try that first. If not, I'm going to try a recompile with floppy as modular...
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by:asciiman
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The floppy-module trick worked. I can acces the floppy now.

But now X won't start. I somehow made an error while compiling & installing the modules. Bugger.
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