On Sat, 27 Dec 2008, Matthias Apitz wrote:

I've just thrown away an very old laptop which was running FreeBSD 2.2.5
in the mid of the 90's; this have had an external 3.5 inch floppy drive,
connected through a cable to the parallel port and this way fully supported,
even for the basic installation of FreeBSD which was based on making a
boot-able floppy; I saved this drive because I still have some old
floppies here around and at home no other drive to read them;

Support may have been through hardware on the laptop. ISTR some old machines doing that: a special parallel-port floppy would be seen by the system, and the OS wouldn't know the difference.

My question is: can it be used / plug'eg in without any danger into to parallel
port of my actual laptop (Fujitsu Siemens) and is this somehow still supported
in FreeBSD 7.0 as well?

If it was hardware supported by the old laptop, it could do bad things to a current system. Physical "let the smoke out" things.

External USB floppy drives are cheap, although I don't know how well they work with FreeBSD.

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA
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