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Floppies unrecognised by other machines

I have to run training courses and maintain the computers in a training room. They are stand alone systems running on XP and students are using Office 2003 and some training programs.

I have had (and continue to have) major problems with these PCs - they are self built (by a shop that went out of business), do not have Intel chips and they show Mercury on bootup. They seem identical but who really knows.....

The latest problem is the floppy drives - a disk formatted on one machine is not recognised by any of the others. I spend half my training time running around with a flash stick taking off small files. Buying new machines is not an option.

Does anyone know why this happens and what I can do?

Thanks

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The machines usually prompt to format but if I take them to other PCs, the files can be read.

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by rmcneill In reply to Floppies unrecognised by ...

I had this occur many years ago. One of the floppy drives was out of alignment. When I formatted a diskette and copied data to it, another computer could not read the disk.

You should be able to run a disk test from the computer manufacture's diagnostic tools. If the disk drive fails the diags, replace the floppy drive.

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by Bewildered (most of the time) In reply to

Unfortunately the Manufacturer's diagnostic tools were not supplied - I suspect the machines are a cobbled together set of local builds (and in the Middle East the quality is very variable). The probelm (so far does not seem to be the drives but I'm sure at least one will have this problem - thanks.

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by Bewildered (most of the time) In reply to

Unfortunately the Manufacturer's diagnostic tools were not supplied - I suspect the machines are a cobbled together set of local builds (and in the Middle East the quality is very variable). The probelm (so far does not seem to be the drives but I'm sure at least one will have this problem - thanks.

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by Bewildered (most of the time) In reply to

Unfortunately the Manufacturer's diagnostic tools were not supplied - I suspect the machines are a cobbled together set of local builds (and in the Middle East the quality is very variable). The probelm (so far does not seem to be the drives but I'm sure at least one will have this problem - thanks.

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by samthetrue In reply to Floppies unrecognised by ...

having used older computers i remember having this problem...
might want to make sure the disks arnt to new for the computers... if they are the computer might think it did it right but another computer might not be able to read the first computers work...
(or alterativly the disks arnt to old... i have seen people using 5 1/4 disks that they cut with sizors to make fit... you probably arnt doing that... but if you are it would solve your problem)

also might want to reinstall the drivers for the disk drives...

hmm if all else fails i suggest banging it in frustation... suprisingly that has worked...
(this one probably you shoudnt do...)

none of these are garanteed to work but i hope they do

sam

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by Bewildered (most of the time) In reply to

I was supplied with boxes of previously used disks and having bought new ones - these seem to have solved the problem with the few machines I have managed to work on. Most software is incompletely installed and many hardware devices are badly configured. Thanks.

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by Bewildered (most of the time) In reply to

I was supplied with boxes of previously used disks and having bought new ones - these seem to have solved the problem with the few machines I have managed to work on. Most software is incompletely installed and many hardware devices are badly configured. Thanks.

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by Bewildered (most of the time) In reply to

I was supplied with boxes of previously used disks and having bought new ones - these seem to have solved the problem with the few machines I have managed to work on. Most software is incompletely installed and many hardware devices are badly configured. Thanks.

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by w2ktechman In reply to Floppies unrecognised by ...

I ran into this problem before, an alignment issue it probably is (as answer1). I fixed it by replacing the floppy drive.

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