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Date:	Fri, 7 Dec 2007 12:55:34 -0500 (EST)
From:	Justin Piszcz <>
To:	Bill Davidsen <>
Subject: Re: x86_64: floppy not working: p35 chipset

On Fri, 7 Dec 2007, Bill Davidsen wrote:

> 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 <>
>  "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
> the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

Retried with some other floppies and later tried the original, everything 
seems to be working now, must have been a bad floppy/some transient issue.

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