fedora 14 my floppy light is on

December 25, 2010 at 14:04:31
Specs: Linux x86_64, EM64T / 4G
So, Happy holiday's everyone. I Just did a fresh install of F14 x86_64 on my raid0 system - I noticed my fd light on. Proceeded to upgrade all packages & its still on... fd in now disabled in bios to save it. Any ideas?... its nothing fancy, just a regular 'ol fd..........

I'm just a tinkerer with linux... still not enough brain dead point and click action for me.... lol


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#1
December 25, 2010 at 20:13:11
Does the floppy drive work?

Sometimes the data cable being on backward will keep the light on. But if it's on backward the drive won't work

Don't just swap the cable around to test it. The red striped edge of the cable should be connected to the # 1 pin side of both the drive and motherboard connections. Make sure it's connected that way.

If the drive works and the cable is correct then I don't know why the light stays on.

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#2
December 26, 2010 at 09:01:19
No Dave the cable isn't on backward

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#3
December 26, 2010 at 14:07:14
But does the drive work?

Is the light on when the PC is powered up but before the OS completely loads?

If the light is only on when the OS has loaded then maybe yoiu've got some software that's attempting to access the drive.

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#4
December 26, 2010 at 14:27:37
"Sometimes the data cable being on backward......" on one end connector ".... will keep the light on. But if it's on backward the drive won't work"

"The red striped edge of the cable should be connected to the # 1 pin side of both the drive and motherboard connections. Make sure it's connected that way."

On the floppy drive header, the stripe is usually next to the power connector when the cable is installed correctly.

You use the end connectors only, not the middle connector on a 3 connector data cable, for the single floppy drive.
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If that's all correct, then it's likely you have a data cable problem.

It is common to un-intentionally damage data cables, especially while removing them. What usually happens is the cable is ripped at either edge and the wires there are either damaged or severed, often right at a connector or under it's cable clamp there, where it's hard to see - if a wire is severed but it's ends are touching, the connection is intermittent, rather than being reliable.
Another common thing is for the data cable to be separated from the connector contacts a bit after you have removed a cable - there should be no gap between the data cable and the connector - if there is press the cable against the connector to eliminate the gap.

Try another data cable if in doubt.
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Installing software should have no effect at all on whether the floppy led is on or off.


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#5
June 18, 2011 at 15:44:22
I hope you have found the solution by now.
In Fedora 14
if cable is wired correctly, then you must force to load the floppy drive with:
modprobe floppy
in /etc/rc.local for example.
I have several machine , and i Just observed this phenomenon (led lighted) on Intel Mother board with 82865G, when floppy module is not loaded.
On ASUS mother board with AMD CPU , or on Intel with i915 there is no such permanent enligthed LED.

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