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By dirkfour4 ·
I now have two machines with floppy drives that do not work. One an HP on WIN98 and one a generic on NT 4.0. On both I replaced the drives with known good drives and they do not work. I replaced the cables. I removed the controllers and rebooted. The light is on but no disk activity....the HP just locks up. I'm open for suggestions.

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by dmiles In reply to floppy nightmare

Check the drives to make sure you have not pushed the pins in on the back
Flip the cable over and try to insert on to connector to see if this works ,some drives Pin 1 is located on the opposite side
Check the motherboard to make sure IDE cable isseated properly.
Open the Device Manager and check for any exclamation marks at floppy controller and also at floppy drive,then make sure you have no conflicts with any other devices

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by dirkfour4 In reply to floppy nightmare

did that....now I have another one on a separate machine with no attachment to or relationship with anyother machine...refusing to read floppy disk...or format one...have tried several. Don't think They like me

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by mdelyea In reply to floppy nightmare

If the light is remaining lit on your floppy it usually means the cable is backwards. Reverse the cable at the drive end. Also some floppies have pin numbers printed on the bottom. Make sure the red stripe on the cable corresponds to pin 1 on thefloppy.

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by dirkfour4 In reply to floppy nightmare

nope, sorry, very careful with that....

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by drdmc In reply to floppy nightmare

Make sure that the cable end with the "twist" is connected to the floppy drive. As previously stated, make sure pin contacts are good and No. 1 is in proper position at both ends. With a multimeter, check voltages at your power connector. Put your ground lead on pin 2 and measure voltage at pin 1. Should be 12v. Now ground at pin 3 and measure voltage at pin 4. Should be 5v. If low or missing voltage, check power supply. If all checks out, possible cmos or controller (motherboard) problem.

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by dirkfour4 In reply to floppy nightmare

instead I switched ribbon cables and switched drives (a total of three different ones) After booting, after windows is operating, I go to my computer access the A drive and wait....and wait. Then when it opens I get various messages depending on whether there is a new blank floppy in the drive or a known good data disk in the drive. For example: cannot access disk.... or CRC bad....

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by dmiles In reply to floppy nightmare

Check the CMOS panel and see if the BIOS is recognizing the floppy srive in the configuration panel,then try flipping the cable to see if this will work

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by dirkfour4 In reply to floppy nightmare

sees the floppy without problem and no conflicts seen

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by cvjack In reply to floppy nightmare

Sounds like you need an exorcist. Check the floppy cables again, if the green light on the floppy drive turns on immediately after you power up the system(s) then the cable/cables are backwards. Also, have you tried reading/writing from many different floppy disks? They are totally unreliable and frequently go bad for no apparent reason.

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by dirkfour4 In reply to floppy nightmare

if the green light on the floppy drive turns on immediately after you power up the system(s) then the cable/cables are backwards: NEGATIVE it does not.

Yes, various disks, blank or with known good data...and have tried three different drives now

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