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Old 06-17-2003, 04:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is my floppy drive broken?

I recently stripped down an old PC to upgrade to a newer system. When I boot up the new build, the floppy reading LED comes on immeadiately and stays on permanently. Whilst in Windows 98SE I have removed the floppy drivers and rebooted. The New hardware wizard locates the floppy and reinstalls the drivers - still no joy. In DOS the drive is also invalid. In the BIOS I can't seem to find specific function for searching for a 1.5" drive I have to manually set it to this.
Has anyone got any ideas?
Do I need to reset the CMOS or upgrade BIOS?
Or do I just need a new floppy drive?
Thanx for your help


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Old 06-17-2003, 07:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You must have your floppy cable on backward. Check for red on pin1. Usually I had this problem when booting a machine when I had the floppy cable on w/ red stripe on the wrong end. Of course I would think "I'm confident I got everything, I'll go ahead a screw in all the screws..." only to have the red light stay on...

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Old 06-17-2003, 12:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Chalk,
Yeah thats fixed it. Its funny how the tab on the cable slots into the gap on the FDD for 'fool-prove' installation, yet means it's connected the wrong way round!
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