AdamW thanks for your assistance on this.
I have done some checks;
Yes there is a file /dev/fd0. There is also the following in /dev/
Now if I click on he floppy icom in "computer" the light on the drive comes on, a window then says "opening floppy drive"
then I get a the message "unable to mount location, no media in drive"
If I do to "places" and in the drop down menu click on floppy the light on the drive comes on and then nothing.
If i go to "Appliocations/System tools/file browser" and click on the "floppy" just nothing happens at all. no light on on the drive and nothing.
If i open Appliocations/System tools/Disk Utility and click on the "Floppy Drive" item it shows in the right of teh screen
No media detected
SMART is not available
No media detected
to Format or edit media, insert it into the drive and wait a few seconds
There was a known disk in the drive at the time, if you click on deteect media the drives light comes on and that is that with no change shown in the status ie i still shows 'no media"
I then put an entry in the /ect/fstab file for the floppy, set up a folder for it as mnt/disk
did the mount command and the floppy mounted and I can do a "LS" to list the files on the floppy in a terminal.
Can you suggest anyhing as to where to go from here? The last time I did not have any troubles with the floppy was in F8.
It may seem srange but I need to have the floppy working because of one particular package and set of test equipment. I can get everything else to work on the linux platform with this gear and since it is sooooo expensive to change the tst gear getting the floppy to work is by far the best option. I am sure there are others who need it as well judging by the comments in various places.
I also need to use the floppy to load a particular pacakge into virtualbox. I can not use n image drive because of copy protection and I need to change the floppy disk during the installation.
These are teh reason why I am so keen to get the floppy working