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Solved: Broke plastic around 3.5 inch drive ribbon cable while unplugging from motherboard!?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by musiclover, May 13, 2005.

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  1. musiclover

    musiclover Thread Starter

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    I got a new case for a friends computer today, and set about removing motherboard/hardware from old case to install in new machine. While unplugging the ribbon cable connected to the 3.5 inch floppy drive from the motherboard, I ran into dificulties getting it to disconnect. I must have tugged a little too hard because the plastic surrounding the pins on the motherboard broke off on one side, though the pins did not seem to be ruined. I thought, "Well that sucked, hope it turns out ok." I did notice that 1 pin was not present on the motherboard like 3 pins in, but hoped maybe that was standard. Now after installing everything into the new case, and booting up the 3.5 inch drive is not being recognized. I don't know for certain if the drive was being recognized before. It is not recognized in cmos. Probably stupid question, but is it certain that I broke the connection on the motherboard?
     
  2. CouchMaster

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    It sure sounds like it, but hey, get a new cable - they're cheep. You might even find a friend who has a spare if you ask around.
     
  3. norton850

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    The floppy connector on the MB may be missing the pin that you describe. No way to know for certain at this point if the connector damage is the cause of the problem. Go into BIOS and make sure that the floppy drive is enabled and that it is the right type.
     
  4. musiclover

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    The drive is not showing up in cmos, so unless I am missing something, there is no way to enable it. I did try using a diferent cable, and that did not generate any positive results. I don't think that a pin broke off, but there is 1 missing like I said about 3 pins in on one side. There was no pin still stuck in the cable after I pulled it out, so I was hoping no real damage had been done to the connection on the motherboard. Anything else anyone can think of would be real helpfull. I'm really hoping I don't have to throw down for a new motherboard.
     
  5. norton850

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    In BIOS look for a place to "enable floppy drive controller". It might be under Advanced/Integrated peripherals or something similar. Sometimes in the Main heading there might be a choice to choose type of "legacy diskette". BIOSs are all a little different so you might have to do some searching.
     
  6. thampiverghese

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    Check whether the floppy light is on continuously.If it is the cable should be reversed at the floppy end.
     
  7. musiclover

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    Turns out Norton was right, just needed to be turned on in cmos. Thanks folks.
     
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