boot with floppy enabled doesn't.....

Michael Butler imb at
Tue May 3 20:58:58 UTC 2016

On 05/03/16 15:58, John Baldwin wrote:
> On Tuesday, May 03, 2016 03:37:27 PM Michael Butler wrote:
>> On 05/03/16 11:21, Larry Rosenman wrote:
>>> On 2016-05-03 05:49, Joel Dahl wrote:
>>>> On Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 10:36:53PM -0500, Larry Rosenman wrote:
>>>>> On a current -CURRENT if my Floppy disk controller and device are
>>>>> ENABLED, we do NOT pass mount root, and the floppy disk
>>>>> light is ON.
>>>> Just a "me too". But this is with VMware Fusion. If I disable the
>>>> floppy from
>>>> BIOS, the virtual machine boots. If I leave it enabled, it hangs.
>>> Thanks for posting that I'm not the only one, and it's not flakey hardware.
>> I have an, otherwise extremely reliable but ancient, Intel TR440BXA
>> motherboard doing this :-(
>> What drove me mad for a while is that I have an identical machine, with
>> exception of 10k RPM SCSI disks, which doesn't hang. I simply optioned
>> out "device fdc" and it's behaved ever since,
> Larry wasn't able to get into DDB when his box hung, are either of you able
> to get into DDB when it hangs?

Unfortunately, mine is sitting in a remote data-centre. The best I could
do was get the remote hands to show me the boot messages via photo, i.e.
it hung immediately after the "mounting root from .." text, the same as
described by others,


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