I've just installed RedHat 5.1 on a brand new thinkpad 770 and I'm
experiencing no end of joy with floppy drive. I've been trying to
find answers in the various docs, and I'm now booting with loadlin:
loadlin vmlinuz root=/dev/hda5 floppy=thinkpad floppy=0,daring
My goal is to read an old tar archive on a floppy (made on a computer
that has since bit the dust). The following sequence is typical:
dd: /dev/fd0: Input/output error
36+0 records in
36+0 records out07:42:57
dd: /dev/fd0: Device not configured
If I do "tar xfv ./image", I recover a couple of files but I don't
know if anything else is on the disk (I have some multi-volume
archives with more relevent data, waiting for things to get
After the first error, any attempt to use the drive gives the device
not configured error. The only cure is to reboot (and if I wanted to
reboot every hour, I'd have used...).
Is there any way to clear the drive error without rebooting?
Is there anything else I could be doing to recover the data?
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