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By tina.m.miller ·
I have a Gateway Performance III 500mhz. When I bought the system last November, I told the salewman that I planned to add a 5.25 FD (Gateway didn't offer them). Now, 10 months later, I've gotten around to doing it ... well, to finding out that I apparently can't do it. Gateway's motherboard comes with a chipset that ONLY support one floppy drive. (This apparently isn't a BIOS limitation as they first suggested.) I can get either a 3.5" FD or a 5.25" FD to work (via recabling and BIOS change) as A:, but not both at the same time. I have since tried one of TEAC's dual combo floppy drives. I was able to get the A: drive at first, but then both drives failed when I tried to access the B: drive.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I've screamed at Gateway enough to give even myself a headache ... (since I bought it in Augusta, Georgia and now live in Spanaway, Washington, taking it back to the salesman isn't an option and that was one of Gateway's suggestions).

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by dmiles In reply to Gateway Floppy Drive Supp ...

Some research suggest that you cannot Don't connect two floppy drives on the same side of the twist in cable.It won't work.
Hope this helps

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by tina.m.miller In reply to Gateway Floppy Drive Supp ...

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by Bill Cassada In reply to Gateway Floppy Drive Supp ...

If the first answer won't work try getting an older floppy cable from a machine that was wired the way you want yours. Cabling does change and not everyone is aware of it. Not sure if this will correct your problem, but it's worth a shot. I've not tried adding a 5.25" on a Gateway. Backwards compatability is an issue, though which Gateway should be able to address over the phone. Do you have other options other than adding a 5.25"?

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by tina.m.miller In reply to Gateway Floppy Drive Supp ...

Thanks anyway. Going to try an IDE to PCI FD card for both OR an external USB 3.5 FD with the 5.25" FD wired internally.

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by -Q-240248 In reply to Gateway Floppy Drive Supp ...

I doubt if it's a cabling issue. Try buy a third party floppy controller, and even an older one if you can find one!

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by tina.m.miller In reply to Gateway Floppy Drive Supp ...

Thanks - will probably be giving you the points on the concurrent FD Controller Recommendation you answered.

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by tina.m.miller In reply to Gateway Floppy Drive Supp ...

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