mixing media, was talking debian install.

Kerry Hoath kerry at gotss.net
Wed Apr 11 10:28:34 EDT 2012

Actually floppy controllers are still part of the super i/o chipset in 
modern systems, my quad-core AMD has a floppy controller on the board 
and it was built last year.
I haven't been motivated to put the floppy drive in here though, I have 
7 of the USB variety.

Regards, Kerry.

On 11/04/2012 9:33 PM, Martin McCormick wrote:
> 	The system I have that started the discussion of the
> boot sequence has no floppy drive at all. It's possible there is
> a traditional floppy controller and connector hidden somewhere
> on the board, but it was manufactured around 2004 or so and
> floppies were starting to fall out of favor by then. I can't
> imagine why they left out such a vital resource as one could
> have used it and around seventy-thousand floppy disks to back up
> the 70-gig hard drive in, let's see, about 48 days.
> 	The BIOS setup screen actually lists a Drive A but you'd
> have to probably find an IDE floppy drive to make it work.
> 	Fortunately, the boot sequence did not change on this
> system. I was just confused by the way the power-off sleep
> feature worked.
> 	As of last night, I was able to use the wheezy rescue
> disk to mount the hard drive so I could go in and edit the file
> names in /etc/rc2.d. Those are all the scripts that start
> important unix services such as cron and many others.
> There is a README file that tells you how to prevent a service
> from starting so I turned off bluetooth as there is no bluetooth
> controller, gdm3 as there is not a mouse present and I think
> maybe one more service.
> 	The system rebooted and speakup came right up each time.
> I now have a good command-line system with an accessible login
> prompt.
> 	It seems like I read that somebody got gnome to run with
> speakup, though. The goal is to be able to use it all. I would
> really like to get firefox working in gnome. Lots of other
> things are less hassle under the command line.
> Glenn writes:
>> I have never run into this as the boot setup by default.
>> Often the CD drive is third, and I change that to second, but I don't know
>> why a manufacturer would ship a computer with the floppy drive not the
>> first
>> boot device, unless a customer asks for that configuration.
>> Glenn
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