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3.5" Floppy Installation

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Briteyes, Jan 29, 2002.

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  1. Briteyes

    Briteyes Thread Starter

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    I'm installing a floppy into a computer I'm building for my daughter. Its a K6-2 300.

    When I install the 3.5" floppy, then turn the computer on, the floppy light stays green continuously, but it won't read floppies. The hard drive is also new. I can't boot unless I have the 3.5" working properly.

    Help?

    Linda
     
  2. brianF

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    Usually the light staying on means you have the cable on backwards.

    Redstripe to pin 1 on both motherboard and drive. Usually they are marked. Look close. Drive maybe notched
     
  3. Briteyes

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    I checked that. Everything's connected right. I even tried using a different cable and a different electric connection.

    Now when I try to boot, nothing at all happens. Its like I have a dead drive.

    L
     
  4. brianF

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    Guess it's a good time to try a different drive and see if the drive is bad. Or try the bad drive on another machine.

    Got one the other day, doa when it got here
     
  5. Briteyes

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    I took the drive from my machine. I can't get it to work. It does the same thing.

    L
     
  6. ~Candy~

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    Do you have the drive attached at the end after the twist?
    The power connector is connected correctly? They can be forced upside down.
    Gray cable is connected going the right direction into the motherboard?
    Also, in the bios setup, you've got the floppy controller ENABLED?

    You might also try disconnecting the hard drive until you get the floppy to respond correctly.
     
  7. Briteyes

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    Check, Check and double check. Still no good. I can't get into the bios because I can't get it to boot up. The hard drive isn't formated.

    L
     
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    Are you saying you get no information scrolling on the screen, no post code beeps, nothing?

    The bios is accessed BEFORE the computer boots up....there is a key, usually DEL on most machines, F 10 on Compaqs, F 1 or F 2 on others.....there are settings there that must be changed before the computer is going to recognize you have a hard drive or a floppy drive for that matter.
     
  9. Briteyes

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    Well, now. That was fun. My own computer power supply went out in the middle of this fiasco. I just got it back. While I was at it, I took the K6-2 in also. They determined that I had a bad video card. I'll get it back tomorrow.

    Thanks for your help. It was appreciated.

    Linda
     
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