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    Floppy Icon missing from Desktop

    Knoppix 6.4.3
    The Floppy Icon is missing from Desktop and I can not find the Device listed with the other drives. I opened the Libre application and SavedAs a TXT file to the floppy but I would like to test the Format function and Copy/Verify some binary data files that already exist on te floppy.
    I'm not very familiar with Linux so please be specific (every keystroke) with your reply.

    Thanks

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    @Newbie1

    What icons (or labels) do you see in the left panel of File Manager,
    that is, using (Main Menu)/Accessories/File Manager?

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    The Floppy label is not there. This is what I see: Knoppix, Desktop, Applications, System Reserved, sda2, WME, Knoppix, Knoppix_FS. When I had my IDE CD drive installed then I could boot Knoppix 5.1.1 and it did show the Floppy Icon. The IDE drive has failed and I replaced it with a SATA and Knoppix 5.1.1 does not support SATA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newbie1 View Post
    .... and Knoppix 5.1.1 does not support SATA.
    Knoppix 5.1.1 most certainly does support SATA. I don't know about your particular hardware, you might have a chip that Knoppix does not support, more likely you are just mistaken or have some other issue, but all 5.x and even all 4.x (4.02) have SATA support, likely some late 3.x versions did but I don't recall exactly when it started showing up.
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    Verifying of md5 checksum and burning a CD at slow speed are important.

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    What is the question?

    Hi, Harry. Happy New Year.

    @ Newbie1

    In your post #1
    I assumed you are looking to read a floppy drive and can't find it.
    If that's the case it's either already mounted and you don't recognize it,
    or it isn't mounted and you need to get it mounted.

    So, is this your problem, or are we dealing with a SATA question?

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    Ok, let's forget about 5.1.1. It's 6.4.3 that I would like to checkout with the Floppy device. No, it is not mounted. It does not show up in File Manager. It does show up in the Word Processor SaveAs menu and does work from there but I would like to try file Copy, Delete, Paste and Format functions.

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    Is this floppy internal or USB?

    What do sda2 and WME refer-to?

    If the floppy is USB, does anything change in the left panel
    of File Manager when you unplug & plug the floppy in again?

    Is the floppy write protected by any chance?

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    This is an Internal Floppy.
    sda2 is a 500GB Western Digital SATA harddrive NTFS.
    WME is a 80GB Western Digital IDE harddrive FAT32.
    The Floppy is not Write protected.
    If I plug in a Jump Drive, it does dynamicly show up in the left pane of File Manager.
    Motherboard is MSI 785GTM-E45 Chip set is AMD785G, SB710.

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    Oh, still got people use floppy arh ?

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    @Newbie1
    I think that floppy disks are not mounted automatically. Therefore I would not expect a change in the PCMan Filemanager's list of drives if a floppy disk is inserted.

    The command
    Code:
    hwinfo --floppy
    issued in aterminal should show the device name of your floppy drive if it is connected to the system. In most cases its device name is /dev/fd0.

    There must be a mount point in the filesystem. If you cannot find an empty directory in /media with the name floppy or fd0 then open a terminal and issue
    Code:
    sudo mkdir /media/fd0
    Insert a floppy disk into the floppy drive and issue
    Code:
    sudo mount -o uid=1000,gid=1000 /dev/fd0 /media/fd0
    in a terminal.

    Open the PCMan Filemanager and examine the list of disk devices. If you can find the floppy disk then you should be able to create subdirectories and to copy files in the directory /media/fd0.

    If you like to remove the floppy disk from the floppy drive it should be unmounted before you do that. If you cannot unmount the floppy disk with the filemanager then I would suggest that you issue
    Code:
    sudo umount /media/fd0
    in a terminal after you have closed all windows of the filemanager.

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