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Hi everyone,

  I'm having problems reading a disk in Ubuntu 10.04. Whenever I click the "Floppy Drive" icon it always says "Unable to mount location".

  I've already tried tips from the ubuntu forum (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1154034) but they didn't work.

  How do I solve this problem? Are there other versions of ubuntu, linux, or other os that could easily detect a floppy disk drive?

  Btw, I've installed Ubuntu 10.04 on a Compaq Presario 1800 Internet Zone. Hope you anyone could help me out. TIA.
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by:Daniel Junges
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THE LOOP DEVICE (from mount man page)
       One further possible type is a mount via the loop device. For  example,
       the command

         mount /tmp/fdimage /mnt -t msdos -o loop=/dev/loop3,blocksize=1024

       will  set  up  the  loop  device  /dev/loop3  to correspond to the file
       /tmp/fdimage, and then mount this device on /mnt.


http://untitledfinale.wordpress.com/2007/10/09/create-mount-and-copy-floppy-disks-images-under-linux/
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/ubuntu-63/automagically-automount-floppy-drive-462097/page2.html
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by:TobiasHolm
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Hi!

Have you checked the floppy seems ok in the BIOS?

Can you boot the computer from the floppy drive (require that you have a bootable floppy to test with)?

Have you tested the floppy drive with another OS (like BartPE)?

It might be the floppy drive hardware that's malfunctioning.

Regards, Tobias
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Also, you can try to boot a Ubuntu LiveCD and see if the floppy drive works.

A guide for troubleshooting the floppy: http://murfsgarage.cybertechhelp.com/floppy.htm

Regards, Tobias
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by:rindi
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Or if the floppy drive is good, the floppy itself might not be. I have many (actually most) floppies that just won't work anymore. Sometimes formatting them helps, but very often even that won't.
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by:Daniel Junges
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have you tested the drive on oter PCs to see if it works ?
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by:torimar
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Are you sure that floppy disk is ok and readable?
Floppies are a quite old media type, and they are notorious for their very short life cycle.
Test the floppy in another computer.
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I apologize for the delay everyone. I used the live cd and the floppy came running smoothly. Thanks for your inputs everyone.
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