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Date:	Fri, 07 Dec 2007 13:10:53 -0500
From:	Bill Davidsen <>
To:	Justin Piszcz <>
Subject: Re: x86_64: floppy not working: p35 chipset

Justin Piszcz wrote:
> Trying to format a floppy (2-3 of them) on a GA-P35-DS4 2.0 with a 
> regular Sony floppy on Debian x86_64 with kernel
> # fdformat /dev/fd0
> Could not determine current format type: No such device
> # mformat a:
> mformat: Could not get geometry of device (No such device)
> #
> # cat /proc/interrupts |grep floppy
>   6:         38         37         39         41   IO-APIC-edge      floppy
> # dmesg|grep -A1 fd0
> [   52.689487] Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
> [   52.704661] FDC 0 is a post-1991 82077
> During the 'attempted format'

> I've tried a few different floppies, the result is the same.  The system 
> is 64-bit only, no 32-bit emulation is enabled using a strict 
> 64-bit-only userland.  Has anyone else gotten their floppy drive to work 
> under 64-bit?
> Is this just a case of a DOA floppy drive or is something else wrong?
Maybe booting from a 32 bit live CD would help determine that. It 
certainly was seen at boot time. Didn't get hooked to some SCSI device 
name by udev, did it?

Bill Davidsen <>
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