floppies

Harald Schmalzbauer h at schmalzbauer.de
Mon Nov 3 07:11:13 PST 2003


On Monday 03 November 2003 09:50, Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:
> anyone else having trouble with floppies?  I tried a bunch of
> different disks in two different machines (5.1-CURRENT with brand new
> drive, 4.9-PRERELEASE with an older but presumed-good drive) and all I
> get are I/O errors; fdformat sometimes works and sometimes doesn't,
> and any attempt to actually read or write data fails.

I can confirm that. See this attached posting from 13. October 2003

-Harry


>
> # uname -a
> FreeBSD ada.des.no 4.9-PRERELEASE FreeBSD 4.9-PRERELEASE #5: Fri Sep  5
> 22:56:22 CEST 2003     des at ada.des.no:/usr/src/sys/compile/ada  i386 #
> fdformat fd0
> Format 1440K floppy `/dev/fd0'? (y/n): y
> Processing fdformat: ioctl(FD_FORM): Input/output error
> # dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/fd0c
> dd: /dev/fd0c: Input/output error
> 1+0 records in
> 0+0 records out
> 0 bytes transferred in 2.634334 secs (0 bytes/sec)
>
> and the console shows:
>
> fd0: recal failed ST0 70<abnrml,seek_cmplt,equ_chck> cyl 0
> last message repeated 2 times
> fd0: recal failed ST0 78<abnrml,seek_cmplt,equ_chck,drive_notrdy> cyl 0
> fd0c: hard error writing fsbn 0 (No status)
>
> on -CURRENT:
>
> # fdformat fd0
> Format 1440K floppy `/dev/fd0'? (y/n): y
> Processing VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEVVVVVV done.
> Errors encountered:
> Cyl Head Sect   Error
>  66    1   12   wrong cylinder (format mismatch)
>
> (although a previous run succeeded)
>
> I'm having a hard time believing this is a hardware problem, although
> there might conceivably be an environmental factor which affects both
> systems since they are in the same room.
>
> DES
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