| From: Niall O Broin <niall at linux.ie>
| Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2005 11:18:03 +0100
| On 5 Apr 2005, at 10:59, Kevin Philp wrote:
| > 2. Is there some Win/Linux incompatibility with very old machines?
| I don't think so - floppy format is reasonably set in stone. [ ... ]
Niall is correct, on bog-standard PCs, the physical
flippy format is solidly set in concrete. so this
is not yer problem. I concur with Niall's guess it
is probably a head-alignment issue (especially if
the initial error is being issued by the flippy
driver, not by dd(1) or the (v)fat "filesystem").
the only different physical formats I know of were all
on machines that both did not run M$-DoS and could not
be considered “bog-standard”. the Victor 9000 and the
AT&T 63xx(?) both come to mind here. (so does the
Apple Lisa, but I may be confused by its add-on HDD,
whose physical format was weird with 528-byte physical
sectors; I cannot specially recall if the Apple Lisa's
flippies were weirdly physically formatted or not?)
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