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3.5 drive won't read any disks.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by hkeithj1218, Feb 12, 2003.

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  1. hkeithj1218

    hkeithj1218 Thread Starter

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    My 3.5" floppy stopped reading disks. I checked the disks and they are good, they are read fine on another computer. I checked the BIOS and its fine. The ribbon and power cord are connected correctly and securely. I've even replaced the drvie with a new drive. And still it won't read the disks. The drive is recognized and there are no IRQ conflicts. Could it be the ribbon? Or is there something else more obviouse that I'm missing?? HELP ME.
     
  2. Jtoast

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    1) what happens when you try?...any error messages?

    2) what operating system are you using?

    3) does the drive flash briefly during boot so you know its detected?
     
  3. hkeithj1218

    hkeithj1218 Thread Starter

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    Yes the light flashes briefly on startup. I'm using windows ME. And the only error message is:

    A:/ is not accessible.
    The system cannot read from the specified device.

    :eek:
     
  4. JoyousMonkey

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    Hi.

    What happens if you try booting from a WinME or Win98 startup floppy ? If the computer won't boot from a startup floppy I'd consider the ribbon or floppy disk drive controller ( which usually means motherboard ).

    If it DOES boot from a startup floppy then it's likely there's something up with Windows itself.

    Best regards,
    Joyous Monkey
     
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