Post-2.0.8 kernels won't load the floppy module

Bob McCracken (
Sat, 27 Jul 1996 14:18:01 -0400

As of kernel 2.0.9 and 2.0.10, "modprobe floppy" never returns, and my system
locks solid. The modprobe used is from the modules-2.0.0 package, and it has
NO problems with my other modules, which are: 8390, binfmt_aout, dummy, ftape,
isofs, loop, lp, minix, ne, nfs, xiafs.

I tried the command "insmod -vs floppy.o", but since the disk becomes and
remains busy till I hit the reset, I got only this in /var/log/syslog:

Jul 27 13:51:44 kerouac insmod: Section 1: (.text) at 0x8053650

Because neither .9 nor .10 make any changes to floppy.c, I have to assume
that the problem originates elsewhere in the kernel, some change having
been made after 2.0.8 that floppy.o doesn't know about.

This is pretty mysterious, and I'd mail the current floppy maintainer
directly, if I knew who that was.

So ... any ideas, anyone?

- Bob McCracken