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Floppy doesn't see disc

My computer recognizes the existance of a floppy drive but doesn't see the inserted discs. When I insert a disc and click the drive, it say's "please insert a disc in drive A." I've tried other floppy drives and get the same result. So it's not the fault of the drive. Any ideas? XP Pro machine.

Thanks

Eric

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Boot a dos diskette, then put the diskette in and type DIR and press enter. What happens?

Bob

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In command prompt, it says,"the device is not ready"

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What version of DOS did you boot?

Bob

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Sounds like it could be a bad floppy cable.

If you built the machine yourself, maybe you have a bad floppy cable. The computer may be able to see the drive, but the wire(s) to detect the disc may be broken and not letting the computer sense the disc.

Try another floppy cable and see what happens. Also, maybe the cable connections are loose? Make sure both ends are fully seated.

But if I understand correctly, the particular disc reads the same way in another drive. Could the disc now be bad, or have been exposed to some magnetic fields that would have erased 'unformatted' it?

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