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I mounted a floppy disk, and Linux can see what is on it. When I tried to write another file, it claims the file system is R/O The floppy is ...
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    Why does Linux claim a writable floppy is R/O


    I mounted a floppy disk, and Linux can see what is on it.

    When I tried to write another file, it claims the file system is R/O

    The floppy is definitely not R/O. (It can be written to quite happily on a windows system).

    Why does Linux think it is?

    How do I disillusion it?

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    In your /etc/fstab look for the line regarding your floppy drive, check that there is no ro in the line, and if there is change it to rw

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    There is no line in fstab relating to the floppy drive!

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    Try and add one then, it will look somthing like
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    /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy vfat rw,user,noauto, 0 0
    remember to change the device and mountpoint to the ones on your system
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    Well I added that line - I'm not sure how I'm supposed to know what what to change the device and mountpoint to, so I've left them as you wrote them.

    The hardware browser doesn't list a floppy drive, and the behaviour of the system is still:

    $mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
    some floppy disk activity
    $umount /dev/fdo
    instant return with /mnt/floppy device is busy

    How on earth did anyone manage to design a system that makes simply writing a file to a floppy disk take an entire day?

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