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Floppy drive nightmare!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by nobles, Sep 20, 2004.

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  1. nobles

    nobles Thread Starter

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    Hi All. Can anyone help. I have recently transfered a floppy drive from one machine into another. The floppy light stays on ALL the time. I thought this may well be because the IDE connector was the wrong way round however when I reversed it it still doesnt work, the light goes off but windows XP doesnt recognise the fact that a floppy has been installed. Even after configuring the BIOS by telling it that a floppy is connected.
    Hmmm possible its the floppy thats died you say....errr NO...I thought this aswell so I went out and bought a brand new floppy and cable..only to discover that the same damn thing happens with the new stuff!
    Could it be the MOBO or is it something blatantly obvious that Ive done wrong.
    PLEASE HELP!
     
  2. ranger007

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    First simple suggestion - double check the cable connection on the motherboard.

    Don't know if this makes any difference, but I have an old Maxtor 2 GB HDD and the power connection is just the opposite (upside down?) of my newer HDD's.

    Best of luck!
     
  3. SacsTC

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    Make sure that the twisted end is the end plugged into the floppy. Also make sure that the colored edge of the cable is plugged into pin one on both the mobo and the floppy.
     
  4. Triple6

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    After checking the cable, check the BIOS. There are usually two places that can affect the drive. First is in Standard setup where you need to specify the correct type of floppy; Drive A: should be 1.44MB or 3 1/2". The second is usually under Advanced and allows to enable/disable the Floppy(FDD) controller altogether.

    You can also check Device Manager in Windows for errors or to see if the Controller and drive appear.
     
  5. nobles

    nobles Thread Starter

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    Ah thanks all...indeed it was due to the device not being correctly configured in the BIOS that seems to have caused the problem....I failed to enable the floppy controller in the advanced settings. Cheers for the help!
     
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