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Dual floppy drive not recognized

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Gpa, Jan 26, 2006.

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  1. Gpa

    Gpa Thread Starter

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    I installed Epson SD-800 on Dell that I bought without floppy drive. The Epson SD-800 is a dual, 3.5" and 5.25". I use Windows XP. It first would not recognize the drive(s). Going into setup I changed "Integrated Devices/Diskette Interface" from "off" to "auto". Rebooting the system recognized A drive but not B (the 5.25") drive. There may be somethng to change in the setup or bios but don't want to do anything rash until I can get some verification.

    Thanks.

    Gpa
     
  2. SacsTC

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    Go back into the bios and see if there are any settings other than auto. I'm not sure any new machine supports 5.25 anymore. If there are any other settings, see if you can set the B drive to 5.25 floppy.
     
  3. JohnWill

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    I've heard tell that the Dell BIOS no longer supports anything but a 1.44mb 3.5" drive, that could be the issue here. :)
     
  4. Gpa

    Gpa Thread Starter

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    That is evident as there is no selection in the BIOS. I was wondering if it was possible to "make" it recognize the 5 1/4" drive. That being said I am about resigned to changing the drive to an OS that does recognize it and just copy everything to CD...which may take the greater part of my life...ha. Thanks.
     
  5. Lurker1

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    Hi Gpa

    Its not a problem with the OS, so changing to a different one wont help. If you can find a older system you can install the dual drive in it and copy all the information from the old 5.25 floppys to the new ones which actually hold more information. Then you only need the 1.44mb 3.5 drive.
     
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