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No floppy in My Computer

By Lockout ·
Here's a strange one for you all. I'm installing Win NT 4.0 Server on a rack mount system. It's a P3 600 using an Intel 810 motherboard. There is 512MB of PC 100 RAM and an Adaptec 29160 SCSI card connected through a riser. The floppy drive will read on the initial insertion of the drivers for the SCSI card, but will not read after that. We have removed the SCSI card from the machine, and had the same problem trying to get the NIC drivers installed. The only way I have found around it that I have found is to skip the intallation of the SCSI and NIC cards. Install SP3 which at that point the floppy re-appears, and is usable. I then have to go back and install the drivers for the SCSI and NIC cards.

Here's my questions... Have any of you seen this issue before? Do any of you know why it's happening? Do any of you know of a better work around?

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by howardhenderson In reply to No floppy in My Computer

I had a set of somewhat similar sypmtoms one time that about drove me batty.

After a day of troubleshooting I started swapping components. A new floppy cable solved my problem. If you had one handy, you might try both a new cable and/or a new diskette drive...

Good luck,
Howard H.

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by Lockout In reply to No floppy in My Computer

See comment #1

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by Lockout In reply to No floppy in My Computer

Actually, that was my first thought. Swapped out the cable with a known good cable... Same problem. Swapped out the drive with a known good drive and new cable... Same problem.

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by todd In reply to No floppy in My Computer

I would make sure you have the most current bios on the mother board. I have seen an Aopen mother board that would not load the ide cdrom drivers. The updated the bios (to fix the clock or somthing they said) and all worked fine. Try it. Let me know if it works. Good luck.

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by Lockout In reply to No floppy in My Computer

See comment #2

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by allan In reply to No floppy in My Computer

It seems that the SCSI driver you need is newer than what the install likes.
I've had the problem with losing the CD during the install.
As in your case, once you get to the newer service packs, thing return to normal.
The way I got around it wasto copy the driver files and the i386 folder to the drive and then pointed setup to the files during installation.
You couldalso make sure that you set the bios to boot to the CD and run the install from there.

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by Lockout In reply to No floppy in My Computer

I've completely pulled the SCSI card out, and tried the installation. If it were the driver then the floppy should have worked. Unforutnately, it didn't. I am starting to think it's a controller issue.

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by Lockout In reply to No floppy in My Computer

dcc_twheeler@yahoo.com: You got my second thought. I flashed the bios as soon as we figured that the swapping of the drive and cable didn't work. It seemed to fix a couple of quirks, but not the major issue. I've got more of a feeling that it's a controller issue on the motherboard.

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by Mike (from Canada) In reply to No floppy in My Computer

no, no, and no.

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by Lockout In reply to No floppy in My Computer

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