Sometimes Linux will mistakenly detect a floppy device and create a reference to it because your system does not actually have a floppy drive and you will see errors on the login screen that look similar to blk_update_request: I/O error, dev fd0, sector 0. I find this frequently happens on a VMWare VM. This doesn't affect the system, but it does look annoying to look at on the login console. The fix is to simply to remove and blacklist the floppy kernel module using the following commands …

sudo rmmod floppy
echo "blacklist floppy" | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-floppy.conf
  • linux/disable_the_floppy_drive_module.txt
  • Last modified: 2020/06/22 20:10
  • by vern