fdformat death

fdformat death

Post by Randy Schult » Wed, 04 Mar 1998 04:00:00

 Hi there,

I've checked all over the /usr/doc stuff and man pages but can't find the
answer to this one.  I'm running RedHat 4.2 kernal 2.0.30 on a Sparc Classic.
When I try to format a floppy with the command "fdformat /dev/fd0H1440" I
hear the floppy spin up, things look ok with:
        Double-sided, 80 tracks, 18 sec/track. Total capacity 1440 kB.
        Formatting ...

then it spits out:
        ioctl(FDFMTBEG): No such device

I have tried this with several discs thinking one might be bad.  If I put in
a previously formatted floppy, say msdos format, I can work with it.

Anybody know what's going on or where I can find info on what's going on?


Experience may be the best teacher but sometimes it would be good to know
the tuition up front.


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