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I like Debian a lot and find great joy in keeping old computers around as workstations, proxy servers, file servers and the like. The proxy, for example, just got upgraded from a 486 with 20 MB of RAM to a Pentium Pro with amazing 128 MB of RAM. Linux is perfect for these purposes.

Most of my hardware was given away by friends or taken from junk containers. While I think that electronics freeganism is nice and reduces waste, the greatest benefit is that it's very educational.

Also: Electronics hacker since the age of 5. MSc in Electrical Engineering / Communications Techonogy. Hacking analog and power electronics for industrial robots as a job.


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I tried /dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 vfat rw,user,noauto 0 0 in /etc/fstab, and mounting still doesn't work. Also, when I manually type a full mount instruction on the command line (# mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /media/floppy0), it works with the line in fstab commented out, and it doesn't when the line is there.
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@AlexLayton The only thing I get in dmesg is [ 6855.928083] FAT-fs (fd0): utf8 is not a recommended IO charset for FAT filesystems, filesystem will be case sensitive!. Strangely, this shows up with the line in fstab, and without the line (or commented out). Which leads me to think it really isn't a driver issue because mount is at least doing something...
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@terdon One and the same mount command works one time and it doesn't the other. I added the relevant info as an edit to my original question.
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