cannot mount a floppy disc

Jerry Van Baren vanbaren_gerald at
Tue Jun 27 21:44:28 EST 2000

Did you changed your software just before this started happening?  If
not, it sounds like your floppy drive is dying (dead, actually).  The
symptoms match dead hardware pretty well: I/O error (cannot read the
floppy), unkillable 100% CPU (the driver is really, really busy
retrying a write operation).  Unfortunately, a screwed up driver can
have the same symptoms.


At 03:06 PM 6/27/00 +1200, Gwyn Judd wrote:

>I have been having great difficulty lately in using floppy discs.
>Whenever I try to mount a floppy I get:
>[root at thislove linux]# mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy/
>/dev/fd0: Input/output error
>mount: you must specify the filesystem type
>[root at thislove linux]# mount -t hfs /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy/
>mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/fd0,
>or too many mounted file systems
>It is definitely an hfs disc and it worked okay in macos. I know hfs
>discs work okay since I also have an hfs partition on my harddrive that
>mounts okay. If I try to format the disc using "fdformat" then I get an
>unkillable process that uses 100% of cpu.
>Gwyn Judd (b.judd at
>We really don't have any enemies.  It's just that some of our best
>friends are trying to kill us.

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