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    Dell Latitude D600 doesn’t see modular FDD

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    by jaymzkerten ·

    Pretty much says it right there. When I boot up the laptop, if I stick a floppy disk in the drive it will read it (tells me it’s a non-system disk), but after I boot up XP the drive doesn’t show up. It’s not listed in my drive list, I checked the device manager and saw nothing, and the only drive listed under disk management is my HDD. We’ve checked the resource CD that comes with it, but don’t see any drivers on it for the FDD.

    Is there something I’m missing? I’ve covered all my bases so far that I know of.

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    • #2774485

      Clarifications

      by jaymzkerten ·

      In reply to Dell Latitude D600 doesn’t see modular FDD

      Clarifications

    • #2774470

      Couple of checks

      by ic-it ·

      In reply to Dell Latitude D600 doesn’t see modular FDD

      Open your BIOS (or Setup) and verify that the drive is set to enabled.

      If it is then in XP open Disk Management and verify that it has been assigned a drive letter.

      It may need cleaning or could have given up the ghost.

      • #2774465

        Already checked BIOS

        by jaymzkerten ·

        In reply to Couple of checks

        I already went thru the BIOS, and I didn’t see anything to say one way or the other if the FDD was enabled or disabled.

    • #2774457

      What kind of D600 is this?

      by kenone ·

      In reply to Dell Latitude D600 doesn’t see modular FDD

      The D600s that I have here don’t come with floppy drives and apparently Dell doesn’t offer one as an option. How are you connecting this FDD?

      • #2763597

        I don’t think it’s standard

        by jaymzkerten ·

        In reply to What kind of D600 is this?

        The D600s we have are equipped with a removable CD drive, and that can be swapped out for a floppy drive. It’s not listed on Dell’s site as a part you can get, but if you look up “FDDM-101” you can surely find places that sell it.

        • #2763595

          If it’s a third party drive

          by kenone ·

          In reply to I don’t think it’s standard

          you may need software (drivers) for it, Hell, you may need a BIOS update. My units says that I can swap out the CDROM for an extra battery or a HDD, nothing about floppy drives.

        • #2763564

          “Dude, it’s a Dell!”

          by jaymzkerten ·

          In reply to If it’s a third party drive

          the floppy drives we have are labeled as a dell part, with their address on it. There are no 3rd party tags on them anywhere.

    • #2763778

      Assuming that is is a Plug In USB Drive

      by oh smeg ·

      In reply to Dell Latitude D600 doesn’t see modular FDD

      That maybe correct instead of looking under Drives you need to look in Devices and look for Floppy Disc there.

      Col

    • #2751730

      Anyone else that might have some experience with these? NT

      by jaymzkerten ·

      In reply to Dell Latitude D600 doesn’t see modular FDD

      • #2751724

        Well I support 600 and 800

        by larryd4 ·

        In reply to Anyone else that might have some experience with these? NT

        From what I have read from the posts, its pointing to a bad floppy drive. Are you sure that the specifc floppy module is the right one for that model Dell?

        For instance I have C840 floppy drive that will fit in the same bay of a CD ROM for a D600 but it would not recognize it.

        • #2751699

          Right model

          by jaymzkerten ·

          In reply to Well I support 600 and 800

          It’s the right model. I looked up the model number (FDDM-101) and it shows that it is supported by D600’s. Also, it can’t be bad, because when I first boot up the laptop, if I have a floppy disk in the drive it will attempt to access it and tell me “non-system disk”.

          I guess this should also be the point that I make note that we have many of these D600 laptops and the floppy drives aren’t working on any of them.

        • #2771972

          TThey cam with them?

          by larryd4 ·

          In reply to Right model

          The D600’s came with the floppy drives?

        • #2771923

          Not sure about that one

          by jaymzkerten ·

          In reply to TThey cam with them?

          We’ve had these laptops since before I got here, so I’m not sure if they came with it or if they purchased them separately, but I’m going to assume that they were separate.

    • #2771911

      Try updating the BIOS

      by rob miners ·

      In reply to Dell Latitude D600 doesn’t see modular FDD

      by Flashing it on one of the Systems. Or try resetting the BIOS back to default. It sounds like the BIOS isn’t updating when the drive is inserted.

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