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Floppy Drive problems
Alistair Apr-11-02 08:27 AM
Hi there....I have just built my new computer following the guide which was great....but now that everything is up and running i have a few problems.
The floppy drive does not work!!!
I installed windows 2000 directly from the cd and partitioned with that as well.
The error i recieve says floppy drive fail with 40 in brackets next to it.
The floppy light is continously on....i believed this to mean that i had incorectly placed the cables but everything is ecured and the right way round.
Any Ideas?


1. RE: Floppy Drive problems
DJ Net2Infinity Apr-11-02 08:54 AM
In response to message 0
LAST EDITED ON Apr-11-02 AT 08:55 AM (EST)
If the light is continously it means that your ribbon cable is on backwards, unplug the cable from your floppy and rotate it 180 degrees and reinstall it. That should fix your problem, if not let us know.

2. RE: Floppy Drive problems
Alistair Apr-11-02 10:08 AM
In response to message 1
Thats it working now......thanks......I always thought that the twisty bit of the floppy cable went into the drive not the board!!!

Thanks again


3. RE: Floppy Drive problems
lbyard Apr-11-02 10:37 AM
In response to message 2
If the floppy LED stays on all of the time, the end of the cable going to the drive is plugged-in backwards, or the cable is plugged in backwards on the motherboard In both cses the red stripe goes towards pin 1. Pin 1 on floppy drives varies by manufacturer. On most other kinds of drives it is towards the power connector. The twist still should go to the A: floppy drive, but the connector rotated 180 degrees. Or, there is no twist in the cable and you have a very oddball floppy drive. Believe the last one of those I saw was about 6 or 7 years ago, maybe longer. Floppy drives used to have jumpers so they could be set A: or B: (drive 0 or drive 1, or was it the other way around?). One could use a cable with a twist and leave both drives jumpered B: or use a cable without a twist and change one of them so it is set for A:. Obviously, the twist affects the drive select line/pin. Larry

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