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Floppy does not read discs

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  1. gingernot

    gingernot Thread Starter

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    Hi there.
    Bit of a newbie, so go easy on me....
    I've just been given a new(ish) PC running win server 2003, but for various reasons would like to install win 2000. Server 2003 won't allow this as it's a newer version, so I've been trying to boot with a floppy (then run 2000) to bypass win 2003. However, PC boots straight to 2003.
    Floppy drive doesn't seem to be able to read discs!
    Device manager states device is working properly, but the same error message keeps on reappearing:

    A:\ is not available
    No ID address mark was found on the floppy disc.

    I have tried swapping floppy drives, flipping cable, checking BIOS to no avail. I even tried formatting discs but am told they are write protected when they are not.
    I can't even run killdisc to wipe the C drive!
    Am going slightly crazy trying to figure this one out and would appreciate any useful help or advice.
    Thanks
     
  2. qldit

    qldit

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    Good Morning gingernot, firstly you need to establish that the ploppy drive can be made to work.
    Ensure the BIOS is set for floppy 1.4 and that the boot order has the floppy before the HDD.

    In windows check using different disks to ensure you can write / read format and have normal operation.
    It is common to find disks are dead or won't work ptoperly.

    If this condition can not be obtained ensure the floppy runs and the LED extinguishes on the drive.

    If no joy try another floppy cable, ensure drive LED extinguishes, if not, invert ribbon cable connector at floppy.

    Check media you are using is bootable in another machine.
    A really useful bootable tool is the Madboot Floppy.
    http://www.tucows.com/preview/345398
    It has everything you might need.
    Cheers, qldit.
     
  3. gingernot

    gingernot Thread Starter

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    Thanks very much.
    Checked all the above - managed to format two previously readable discs so can now go ahead and boot - I hope....
    Cheers
     
  4. qldit

    qldit

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    Sounds promising, many new disks these days have problems due to low usage.
    They often need formatting several times.
    Use a format in DOS it gives a bad sector count.
    qldit.
     
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