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By vjsobol ·
I recently installed Redhat Linux 7.2.4 on to a older Compaq with a 2 gig hard drive, 64mb ram, and a 166mhz processor. I also installed StarOffice. I cannot save to floppy. I get an error message that the i/o is not accessable. When I installedLinux I had to do a custome install to deal with the reality of a small hard drive. Could I have missed something on install?

A related problem is I also tried, Per the Linux 7.2.4 Bible, to create a boot disk. I did it from the terminal command line and by trying to drag and drop/copy the image file from the cd and nothing worked. When I used the commands in the terminal window I the message "1+0 IN, 1+0 OUT".

Any help would be greatly appreciated as this is going to be used in a tecnology classroom in a public middle school(gr. 6-.
Thanks you,
Vince Sobol

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to save to floppy

Hi Vince. So no one has responded yet, I suppose your floppy works ok? Have you tried to boot from (say an old dos) disk. Be sure that your cmos is set to boot from floppy first - sometimes it's disabled.
In linux, at the console try: mount /dev/floppy
then type: ls
If that doesn't work check /etc/mtab. Mine reads:
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy vfat rw,nosuid,nodev,user=kcs 0 0

Hope that gets you going.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to save to floppy

Bummer. I feel for you. Sounds like you're having
all the "fun" some deranged individual keeps
harping about. CHECK THE FLOPPY FIRST.
Since I wasn't there for the install. I can't
really help -- much. First, on a low-power
machine, don'tuse the GUI. To be really sure,
it would be a real good idea to:
#1 Start a comprehensive log
This entails a full listing of the hardware,
the specific chipsets in the machine,and the cards.
It also lists specifically which software to
install, and which choices you'll make when you
prepare to compile the kernel.
#2 Wander around the internet a bit (Hit all of the British sites--they are very keen on linux on older equipt.) before you compile.
#3 After you have planned the install on paper.
Do the install,(making everything you can a module) then check the fstab and the other files
to make sure that all of the links point to the
proper places. (The makefiles are generic and tend
to expect you to install everything.)

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by Mandar In reply to save to floppy

As far as creating boot disk is concened, use the command 'mkbootdisk'. Please see the man pages pertaining to this command.

For saving data on floppy disk, please make sure whether you have changed the permissions for the floppy device or not. Then try to mount it with 'mount' command(see man pages). If it is ok then make sure whether the floopy you are using, is not a dos/windows formatted as it will require to be mounted with some options such as -vfat .

Hope this will work around your problem.
Have a nice time.

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