No floppy device in FC5

Mike McCarty Mike.McCarty at
Thu Jun 15 14:19:34 UTC 2006

Tim wrote:
> On Mon, 2006-06-12 at 20:01 +0100, Dave Mitchell wrote:
>>It's been ages since I've messed with floppies, but I seem to recall that
>>traditionally the floppy drive hardware was incapable of alerting the OS
>>to the addition or removal of media.
> As far as I was aware, pin 34 was a diskchange indicator.  And there's
> various ways for the drive to sense media is in the drive (optical
> sensors, pin sensors, at least).

Yes, but no interrupt is generated on medium change.

> Supposedly both floppies and CD/DVD drives have a method of telling the
> host about media changes, but it seems like people don't bother to take
> advantage of them (doing silly things like periodically trying to spin
> the disc to see if one's being inserted, instead).

At one time Solaris did that, if you configured it to.

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