Re: startup problems

From: Stephen Isard (
Date: Wed Dec 15 1999 - 16:16:31 CET

Karl-Heinz Zimmer wrote:

> > One possibility is just that the floppy itself is bad,
> > but I don't think so because a) I have tried with several
> > different floppies and b) all of these floppies run
> > muLinux with no problem on a different (64Mb Celeron)
> > machine.
> I am *not* sure about my theory but let me explain it:
> It might well be that the drive must be 'adjusted' again!
> Some floppy drives loose their correct justification during
> the years and this would mean they can read only those floppies
> they have formatted themselves and they would produce random
> (but from year to year more frequent) errors when processing
> disks that have been formatted by another floppy drive.

Thanks, Karl-Heinz. I should have said that I created the disks (dos
installation) on this machine in order to take that possibility into

Kochenburger Andreas wrote:

> Sometimes it's just dirt on the read/write-heads.
> A long cotton tab and alcohol sometimes helps
> (and good eyes and a pocket flash lamp)

Ok, thanks, I'll peer inside (but why does the dirt affect just this
particular operation....?)


Stephen Isard

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