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Post New Virtualbox on Mepis 8.5 problem - Read from Floppy
I've now successfully (I hope) got Virtualbox installed, but it appears not to want to read from a floppy-disc source - on either my WinXP machine or on my Mepis machine. I wish to install an ancient OS, Win 3.11, which comes on two floppies.

One idea I had is to transfer the contents of the two floppies to a cdrom, but if I do this then how do I combine the two discs to one cd?

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I don't have a floppy drive in my current machines, but I use an external USB floppy. I have no trouble reading and writing floppies with this in Mepis and in my VBox WinXP install. In VBox I had to enable the appropriate USB filter.

Note that it's USB-powered and the device doesn't switch on and show up until a floppy is inserted, and ejecting the floppy removes the device. I don't lnow if this would be a problem with a 2-disk install.

I haven't tried an OS install from the external floppy, but program installs in Virtual XP are no problem.

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Are you first enabling the drive under the Device menu?

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read the vbox wiki for USB related stuff


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Jerry - I'm not sure what you mean by the Device menu. In Mepis, there's no problem - once a floppy is inserted, the drive switches on and appears unmounted in Dolphin. It auto mounts fine. In VBox, the first time I used it I needed to add the USB filter, and subsequently it appears in Win Explorer when a floppy is inserted.

Plugging in the drive without a floppy inserted has no effect in Mepis, Virtual XP or a full WinXP installation. That's because it's not powered - the power on is by a physical switch in the drive when a floppy is inserted. This is why I wondered if the 'switch off - switch on' might affect an old 2-disc installation routine - the install program might be offended by the disappearance of the device, which can't be avoided.

The OP said that VB wouldn't read from a floppy. I'm suggesting a USB floppy drive as an alternative - I know this works.

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Toastrack wrote:
One idea I had is to transfer the contents of the two floppies to a cdrom, but if I do this then how do I combine the two discs to one cd?

Here are instructions for doing this: http://www.bootdisk.com/nero.htm

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Jerry - I'm not sure what you mean by the Device menu.
At the bottom center of a running VM a pop-up bar shows when the cursor is moved there, one of whose entries is Device. Its sub-menu allows the device of interest to be enabled--here, one would select Floppy Devices and identify it for mounting.

There may be a better method that joany or somebody else knows about, but this is how I do it--for a handheld, for instance.

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Jerry - I'm not sure what you mean by the Device menu.
At the bottom center of a running VM a pop-up bar shows when the cursor is moved there, one of whose entries is Device. Its sub-menu allows the device of interest to be enabled--here, one would select Floppy Devices and identify it for mounting.


OK, Jerry, I see what you're saying. With the USB floppy drive, I've not found it necessary to use this to mount it in a VM. Once the USB filter for the drive is enabled, it's mounted. This may not be true for a linux guest - I haven't tried that - but it's certainly true for Windows guests and for a new machine before an OS is installed.

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I've never tried it with a floppy, just with devices such as data collectors where the form software is only available in Windows (I use W2K).

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The dumb question first. Have you set the boot order in Vbox to floppy?

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