Floppy disks don't work with FreeBSD 9.0
lausts at acm.org
Tue Mar 27 13:14:54 UTC 2012
> For what it's worth, I had problems writing images back to a
> floppy disk at around 8.0 prerelease. Dd wrote the image ok,
> but when closing the device, the machine panicked. Problem is
> gone on 8.2 and 8.3 (prerelease), and I haven't tried 9 yet.
My two computers running FreeBSD 9 can't even fdformat the floppy. The
format utility runs and marks all tracks bad. If I abort the process, the
computer panics. I always fdformat a floppy before running DD because I find
that DOS fomatting of the disk does not catch all of the surface errors.
The floppy disks that were marked bad by FreeBSD 9 were successfully
formatted by my laptop that runs OpenBSD 5. I was able to successfully DD
the image from CDROM to the 'bad' floppy disk from the laptop.
PGP KeyID = 0x5F22FDC1
GnuPG KeyID = 0x620836CF
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