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« on: December 18, 2004, 06:36:53 PM »

I was going to try upgrading my BIOS, when I've noticed that the floppy drive is not reading any floppy disks! I'm not sure if this is a harware related problem or a system problem.  But everytime I insert a floppy and try to open it (tried about 5 floppies) I will get this message: Please insert a drive into drive A:

Even if I try to format a floppy, I will get the above message.  I have replaced the floppy IDE twisted cable (with the red line facing the Power connector), but still with no response.

Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2004, 06:49:50 PM »

Make sure it is enabled in the BIOS

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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2004, 07:00:30 PM »

Yes, it's enabled.  I can see the BIOS is recognizing the flpyy drive!!
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2004, 07:01:50 PM »

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Please insert a drive into drive A:

That'll be difficult. Wink

But yes, make sure it's enabled in the BIOS, make sure also it's set as a 1.44MB floppy drive, that the Floppy 3 Mode is disabled (unless you're in Japan) and that when you boot from the floppy, that the floppy drive is first or second in the list (at least before the harddrive) as a boot device.

Then check things. Does the floppy read light on the front ever come on, or is it lighting constantly? If it never lights or it is always on, there's a problem with the flatcable or with the drive itself.
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2004, 07:06:21 PM »

Ok...make sure all your connections are tight and secure.
Have you had it disconnected lately?
You could have the drive attached to the wrong side of the twist. All floppy drive IDE cables have two connectors for drives with a twist in between. This twist is there to reverse the voltages. But, if the floppy drive is attached to the wrong side without another drive on the chain, it may give you an error.

The red stripe on the floppy cable should be facing the power connector on the back of the floppy drive.

Does the light come at all?
What about at boot up..does it flash on?

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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2004, 07:11:59 PM »

Yes infact I am finding it difficult to insert the floppy I've never used a floppy before, and I keep inserting it upside down... joking hehe.

Yes, as I have already posted it is enabled in the BIOS and it is set to 1.44MB.  Second, I'm from Malta not from Japan (take a look  to the left) Smiley

In the boot sequence, I have C (HDD) first, D (CD-ROM) second, and then the floppy, so I will ty to place it first.

Then, yes the green light comes on sometimes, when I insert a floppy disk Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2004, 07:13:53 PM »

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The red stripe on the floppy cable should be facing the power connector on the back of the floppy drive.

Not always true. There are some Asian brands of floppy drives which like the red stripe pointing away from the power connector. All they do have in common is that pin 1 and the red stripe should always connect on the motherboard.

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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2004, 07:16:36 PM »

The floppies you use are formatted and if you use it as a bootfloppy, do have bootable material on them?
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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2004, 07:39:19 PM »

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But everytime I insert a floppy and try to open it (tried about 5 floppies)


every floppy jee, they're formatted, and If I try to format them I will get the same message.  Now I am going to try another floppy drive to see if it's the drive I'm using causing trouble.
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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2004, 07:48:30 PM »

Good, let us know what the new drive does. I suspect it is the old drive gone broke, but if the other drive shows similar behaviour, then it might be your floppy drive controller. In that case, first check for any bent pins in the floppy drive connector on the motherboard. If none are bent, it's the FDC. You still have some options then, but I'll wait with them until you come back. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2004, 08:05:02 PM »

HeHe... infact, the old one works perfectly. Smiley  Thanks for you two Cactus and Jee .
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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2004, 08:10:06 PM »


Glad you got it figured out Daniel.. Grin

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