VirtualBox

Ticket #2226 (closed defect: fixed)

Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

The Floppy drive is always existing => Fixed in SVN/3.1.0

Reported by: MrX1980 Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: other
Version: VirtualBox 2.0.2 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: other

Description

Host:
WinXP x64 SP2 english with no floppy drive and in VirtualBox deactivated.

Guest:

  • Win2003 R2 x64 SP2 english
  • WinXP x64 SP2 german

Windows show always that a floppy drive is present?!

Attachments

VirtualBox_Error_002a.jpg Download (33.6 KB) - added by MrX1980 6 years ago.
Floppy Drive deactivated
VirtualBox_Error_002b.jpg Download (31.7 KB) - added by MrX1980 6 years ago.
Windows show a floppy drive

Change History

Changed 6 years ago by MrX1980

Floppy Drive deactivated

Changed 6 years ago by MrX1980

Windows show a floppy drive

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by frank

The floppy can be disabled with

VBoxManage modifyvm VM_NAME -floppy disabled

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by MrX1980

Thanks that works, but the checkbox (VirtualBox_Error_002a.jpg) should set it to <FloppyDrive enabled="false" /> if it is unchecked.

And is it right that instead of a floppy drive my cardreader (drive F - I) is selectable as a floppy drive?

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by frank

  • Priority changed from major to minor

The reason for not disabling the device is that this leaves the option to insert a floppy medium during runtime, even if that was not intended during VM creation. This floppy device in the guest should not hurt.

I'm not sure about your cardreader. These devices probably report themself as drives with a changeable medium.

comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by catkin

If the physical hardware does not include a floppy drive then the reason Frank gives for the questionable design decision does not apply.

It is true that the unwanted, useless virtual floppy does not eat much, make a lot of noise or smell bad. It is only untidy and a cause for consternation (I had it listed as a low priority issue before stumbling accross this ticket).

It would be sweet if disabling the floppy meant it did not appear in the virtual machine. That's intuitively obvious, a good design goal!

comment:5 Changed 6 years ago by frank

The virtual hardware has nothing to do with the physical hardware. Even if the host does not have a physical floppy then it might be useful to have a virtual floppy drive anyway. It is currently not possible to add virtual devices to a running VM or to a VM having snapshots. So better be able to insert a virtual floppy medium later (because the floppy device isn't disabled completely) than to not being able to use a floppy at all.

But anyway, we might add this setting to the GUI at some time.

comment:6 Changed 4 years ago by frank

  • Summary changed from The Floppy drive is always existing to The Floppy drive is always existing => Fixed in SVN/3.1.0

VBox 3.1.0 will allow to remove the floppy controller from the VM.

comment:7 Changed 4 years ago by frank

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to fixed
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