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Dell C600 External Floppy Drive not recognized

by jtob2 / April 27, 2006 10:28 AM PDT

I recently acquired a Dell C600 laptop with a 750 Mhz P3 core with Windows 2000 Pro installed. The unit works fine with the floppy drive installed in the removable bay. However, when I remove the floppy from the internal bay to install the Cdrom drive and connect the floppy to the parallel port with the external cable, the system finds the CDROM drive but the floppy is not recognized.

I need some assistance on how to have the OS find the floppy when connected to the parallel port. I know the floppy drive is fine since it works when connected to the internal bay.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.


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not hot-swappable
by linkit / April 27, 2006 1:09 PM PDT

Just in case you weren't aware...

Parallel devices are not hot-swappable, meaning that you must connect the parallel device BEFORE you start your computer for it to be recognized.

It is not like USB.

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Dell C600 External Floppy Drive not recognized
by jtob2 / April 27, 2006 9:06 PM PDT
In reply to: not hot-swappable

I apprediate the information.

The unit was not being recognized on boot up either but I finally found that the BIOS was apparently not set up properly. I changed the Parallel port setting from the Default ("ECP") to "Bidirectional" and it started working properly.

Thanks for the response.


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