I have Windows XP PRO (legal) running successfully in an Oracle virtual machine (VirtualBox 7.0.8) under Manjaro. I would like for it (Windows) to be able to read/write to a floppy disk. My reason is that I want to install, under Windows XP, Microsoft QuickBasic 4.5 (don’t laugh too hard - I have some old QB45 programs, which I originally wrote, that I want to run and maybe edit. The rub: my original (also legal) QuickBasic 4.5 compiler came on two 3.5" floppies. The installation program, as I recall, asks first for ‘disk-1’ and then ‘disk-2’.
My Linux PC is an old Intel-based X86_64 unit which still has a ‘real’ (not USB) built-in 3.5" floppy drive. Manjaro sees it, and can mount, read, & write to it as /dev/fd0. But no matter what I’ve tried, I can’t get the Windows VM to even recognize that a floppy drive is present, much less read the disks.
Any suggestions on how I might do this would be appreciated!
Understand, but only USB Devices can be passed though in VirtualBox. Virtualbox has no option to add a virtual floppy device. So in fact that will not work.
I saw in virt-manager that there is an option to add a virtual floppy disk. You would need to clone the floppy disk to an image file with dd and then you can select the image file at the configuration options of the virtual floppy disk.
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