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Can't boot to floppy
BBATES Dec-13-00 11:29 AM
For some reason, I cannot boot to my floppy drive. I can read and write to the floppy in windows, but it will not in dos. I tried to simply sys the disk in dos and the system cannot write to the floppy in dos either. I do get a beep error message upon post boot-up. I hear two short beeps, but I never get an error message. I have tried several different floppies, but nothing works.

1. RE: Can't boot to floppy
lbyard Dec-13-00 05:19 PM
In response to message 0
What error message do you get? Check our Floppy Drive FAQs at http://duxcw.com/faq/fd/fd.htm. Larry

2. RE: Can't boot to floppy
BBATES Dec-15-00 00:40 AM
In response to message 1
Not Ready Reading Drive A

But I have no problem reading from the drive in windows...could it be a cable issue?


3. RE: Can't boot to floppy
lbyard Dec-15-00 02:05 PM
In response to message 2
I doubt it. I have not seen a floppy drive that can be read in Windows and not in DOS. Larry

4. RE: Can't boot to floppy
BBATES Dec-15-00 02:21 PM
In response to message 3
Well, here is an update...

I changed cable....same problem
I changed floppy drive....same problem
I changed CMOS settings to default....same problem


I'm stumped


5. RE: Can't boot to floppy
lbyard Dec-15-00 05:07 PM
In response to message 4
You did not say that you tried the same cable and floppy on another computer. You cannot troubleshoot a black box until you know what black box to troubleshoot. Larry

6. RE: Can't boot to floppy
BBATES Dec-15-00 05:58 PM
In response to message 5
Your correct, I did not try the same drive with the same cable....I will try that though. I did try a different floppy drive with a different cable. I'll try it and let you know

7. RE: Can't boot to floppy
nkoebel Dec-16-00 04:42 PM
In response to message 0
I too have had intermittent floppy problems...mostly dealing with not being able to read floppies from one box to another (and sometimes even on the same box). Symptoms were similar to yours. I started digging into the problem and was told by a knowledgeable collegue that present day floppy drivers are (unbelievably) buggy and sloppy. Seems no one cares to update or updrade floppy drivers when OS is updated.
Above is just for your info...makes sense to me... since I have tried everything under the sun to find any other explanation....and could not.
Norbo

8. RE: Can't boot to floppy
lbyard Dec-16-00 05:31 PM
In response to message 7
Boulder dash! Larry

9. RE: Can't boot to floppy
BBATES Dec-18-00 00:11 AM
In response to message 8
Well here is the update.

I removed the floppy and cable from a known working system and tried them...I got a different error. The system configuration was incorrect. The cable from the other system was very different than the cable being used in the system I am working on. The system I am working on has 3 small connections; one at each end, and one in the center. But, it also has one very large connection. The cable I removed from the working system only has 3 small connections. I am beginning to think it is the motherboard. But if that is the case, I wouldn't be able to read and write to the drive in windows either. right???


10. RE: Can't boot to floppy
lbyard Dec-18-00 03:21 PM
In response to message 9
The large connector is probably for a 5 ¼” floppy drive. Many manufactures stopped putting 5 ¼” connectors on floppy cables a year or so ago. Other than that connector, both cables should be functionally identical and both should work if plugged-in correctly. Drive A is connected to the end of the cable with the twist. The twist on the cable that can accommodate a 5 ¼” drive should be just before the “large connector.” That connector or the 3 ½” floppy connector at the very end can be connected to drive A:, which can be a 5 ¼” or 3 ½” drive. It may be the motherboard. Larry

11. RE: Can't boot to floppy
BBATES Dec-19-00 02:10 AM
In response to message 10
Well, I've tried 3 different floppy drives and 4 different cables with the same result. I'm chaulking this one up to motherboard problems. I even tried flashing the mobo, but I have the same problem. Thanks for everyones help.

12. RE: Can't boot to floppy
BBATES Jan-04-01 02:54 AM
In response to message 11
Well, beleive it or not, but I think I have found the problem. I removed the power supply and replaced it with the one from the known working system I was using to test the floppy drives and cables. Everything works fine with the new power supply!....Just a fluke???

13. RE: Can't boot to floppy
lbyard Jan-04-01 02:13 PM
In response to message 12
One way to find out is put the old supply in the other computer. My guess: a bad or loose connector on the end of the cable going from the power supply to the 3 1/2 floppy. Larry

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