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[ale] MSD format specifier for Linux?



Check the man page for setfdprm(8) and have a look at /etc/fdprm.  There are
several parameters like sectors/track, inter-sector gap, etc. that need to
be set.  I've been able to read HP-300 series floppies on an '86 box with
some creative guessing.  The general idea is:

1) make sure you have  rw  permissions on the drive

2) slot your floppy

3) edit /etc/fdprm

4) run setfdprm

Oh, and you need to setfdprm back to the original config before you can use
the drive normally again.

Lotsa luck.


> 
> 
> On Wed, 17 Sep 1997, Josh Murrah wrote:
> 
> > WOW, I just tried this.  What's the deal??  It does a DMF format disk,
> > but, jsut as Chris says, it's 'corrupted' if you try to access the file
> > (I copied using explorer). What's up with that?
> 
> I assumed that some aspects of the disk format were explicitly provided by
> the /dev/fd?* file, which was part of the information I originally sought. 
> 
> For example: dd if=gigo.win of=/dev/fd0 would have to identify the format
> on /dev/fd0, or dd if=gigo.win of=/dev/fd0H1440 would know from the output
> device, what format to use.  I must admit to considerable ignorance, here,
> however.  If I come up with a format definition, can anyone direct me how
> to come up with (say) a /dev/fd0MSD1770 or whatever?
> 
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