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 Post subject: Floppy access via USB
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2003 8:40 am 

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Am I correct in understanding that VA5000 will not read floppies from a drive connected through a USB port? If so is there any possibility that this could be remedied as many portables do not have floppy drives. If not how do I install Impression Publisher?


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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2003 2:29 pm 

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USB floppy drives are somewhat similar to SCSI floppy drives and so are a little more 'intelligent' than a standard PC floppy drive. The drive itself determines if the floppy is of a known 'standard' format, i.e. 512bytes/sector, and if not refuses to read from the floppy disk.

Without working closely with one of the manufacturers, there is no chance of reading ADFS format disks from one of these drives, sorry.

If we do find one which is more flexible we'll certainly do our best to support it.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2004 10:27 pm 

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Does the same apply to LS-120 IDE drivers?

Regards, Andy

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2004 1:02 am 
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Graeme is quite correct, we did buy USB external floppy drives to
see what could be done.

Of course VA5000 can still read a DOS floppy, or indeed any device that the PC can read, including LS120 drives, in DOS mode, by setting up a HostFS mount the points to the drive in question.

For a floppy drive you need a new HostFS mount that points to


Note the trailing full stop. For any other drive all you need is the drive letter, so if a drive has a letter of H from My Computer under Windows
a HostFS mount of


Will read that drive. I have a HostFS mount set up to the next free
drive letter, so that whatever digital camera I plug in I can read
the files directly under RISC OS.

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