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Hi,

Am totally new to Fedora (to Linux in general) and am facing a problem with my desktop (Linux Fedora) that the floppy drive is not detectable (not shown in Computer Icon in Desktop). I can see the CD rom drive, the USB flash memory (if I plug it), the filesystem and network icons but no floppy drive.

I did some searching in Google and I found that I need to add the following line in /etc/fstab file

/dev/fd0 /media/floppy auto rw,user,noauto 0 0

When I saved it. I can see an icon called floppy. However, when I click it, an error msg saying:

Unable to mount the selected floppy drive.
Mount: you must specify the filesystem type.


Can you help me in accessing the floppy drive.
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by:ibu1
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Do this exactly
#mkfs.ext3 /dev/fd0

It will format ur floppy and make ext3 file system.

Best of Luck
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by:ibu1
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If u mount it as fat file system, do this exactly
mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
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by:turki_00
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ibu1,

do i have to keep this line in fstab file ?

/dev/fd0 /media/floppy auto rw,user,noauto 0 0
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by:turki_00
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also,

should i write this
#mkfs.ext3 /dev/fd0

in the command line or write it in the fstab file ?
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by:ibu1
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Keep the above entry in fstab.
Write this command in command line and not in fstab.

Best of Luck
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by:turki_00
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ibu1,

Here is what i did:

add the following line in /etc/fstab
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto rw,user,noauto 0 0

type this command in terminal window:
#mkfs.ext3 /dev/fd0

nothing happened. (it gave me a new line prompt)

then I typed this in the terminal window:
mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy

a message came to me saying:
mount point: /mnt/floppy does not exist
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*note: am calling the mounting piont /mnt  
is this a problem rather than call it /media ????
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by:ibu1
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Check that you have /mnt/floppy directory exist.
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by:ibu1
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If ur mount point is /media make sure that the media directory exist.
Whatever u write in fstab file for mounting point, by default it will take that mount point.
Suppost u write /mnt/floppy in fstab file, u don't need to specify every time to mount the floppy in /mnt/floppy. It will by default mount it in /mnt/floppy.
For instance
# mount /dev/fd0
It will mount it in /mnt/floppy coz u already mention in fstab to mount floppy in /mnt/floppy
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by:turki_00
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floder /mnt exist with the following permmision:
drwxr-xr-x

no files or directory inside the /mnt folder
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by:turki_00
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ibu1,

do i have to restart the pc every time i do changes in fstab ?
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by:ibu1
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See
if u put mount point /mnt/floppy
OR
if u didn't make any changes to fstab and it is like before /media/floppy

Answer this question first

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by:ibu1
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You don't need to restart everytime your pc when u make changes to fstab. Do this just
# mount -a
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by:ibu1
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U need to create 'floppy' directory inside the /mnt directory coz u are going to mount floppy in that directory
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by:turki_00
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right now,

my mounting piont is /mnt/floppy in the fstab file.

when i chked the /mnt directory, nothing inside it.

do i have to create the folder "floppy" inside the /mnt directory ?
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yes make one directory 'floppy' inside /mnt folder
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by:turki_00
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ibu1,

IT WORKS

big kissssssses..

thank you very much,

i guess creating the folder floppy inside /mnt was causing the problem.

one last thing,
do i have every time to "umount" before i reomve the disk ?
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by:ibu1
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yes
#umount /dev/floppy
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by:ibu1
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Sorry
#umount /dev/fd0
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Any more question ?
u r welcome
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by:turki_00
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no thanx

You have been good helper.
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