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Floppy Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Irv K, Dec 6, 2001.

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  1. Irv K

    Irv K Thread Starter

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    I have an older system running win 95. When I try to read a disc in the floppy drive I get an error "drive not ready" the green light comes on like it is trying to read it. I tryed several discs that I know work in other drives. How can I check to see if it is a defective drive?
     
  2. Monk_

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    I think you just did. I would replace the drive.
     
  3. Irv K

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    Thanks for getting back to me. I was hoping a driver update (if they use drivers) would be a suggestion. I will get a used drive. one I know works and try that. When I replace the drive is there anything that has to be done, such as installing software.

    Thanks Irv
     
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    Before you toss it out, test it on the outside of the computer...take it out of the bay, hook it up on the exterior of the machine and pop a floppy in and try to access it......

    And, no, you shouldn't have to do anything special....just install a new one....no software.....you may have to take a look at your bios setup to be sure it's showing up there as a 1.44 drive.
     
  5. Irv K

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    Thanks for the reply Monk, but it's not what I wanted to hear. I was hoping a driver update (if it uses drivers) would help. I could try an old one that I know works. Is there any software to be installed after replacing it.
    Thanks Irv
     
  6. Rockn

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    No...there are no drivers to be loaded per se as it is a standard device and Windows has those drivers natively. Just pop in a new drive and go. Remember to plug all the cables in the same way that they were removed.
     
  7. Irv K

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    We tried a new drive and cable, still no luck. I will have to do without. Thanks IJK
     
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    Are you sure you've got it hooked up correctly? When the computer restarts, does the floppy drive light come on, then go out?

    Have you gone into the bios setup to determine if the floppy drive is being recognized there correctly? And also to be sure the floppy drive controller is ENABLED?

    You're giving up way too easily! :(
     
  9. Irv K

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    Thanks for your help everyone. I had it to a repair shop, he installed the new drive and cable, also checked the Bios, as you suggested no luck. The good thing is he didn't charge me for the time.
    Thanks, IJK
     
  10. Hanibal

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    Irv

    i am just curious when you said he did not charge you for the time. i am to assume he charged you something?

    considering new flopie drives sell for about 15$ canadian.....


    just a thought really....
     
  11. Irv K

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    Sorry you misunderstood me, he didn't leave the new parts in. He installed them outside the case and checked the Bios to see if it was enabled, which it was, but still didn't work. My friend is going to use the computer as is. He is new to computers and wants to use it to practice on until he gets a better one.

    IJK
     
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