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Floppy reading problems

by halvaro / September 17, 2004 3:51 AM PDT

Hi everybody, I have assemble a pair of computers and everything work well, BUT! I have a problem with the floppy unit, they do not read as they must!! Many times I insert a floppy disc and it doesn't read it and i get a message "The diskette doesn?t have format..." or it takes a lot of time reading it, like 1 min 30 secs, or when it can read the disk many times i can?t open any file of it!!! I see this is unusual becouse when i introduce this floppy diskette in other computer, it doesn't any of this problems. Please i Need help.


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There are three pieces.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 17, 2004 3:55 AM PDT
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Re: There are three pieces.
by halvaro / September 21, 2004 3:37 AM PDT

I forgot to tell you that, I have tried everything, I have changed conectors and cables, I have proved this diskettes drives in an old machine and it works perfectly!!! I can't understand why the problem is in the new computers(new motherboards etc)!!!

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There are three hardware pieces.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2004 3:53 AM PDT

If you take a cable/drive/floppy to another machine and it works, the fault lies in the parts that didn't get changed.

Or you didn't set the BIOS to the right drive type.


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Re: There are three hardware pieces.
by halvaro / September 21, 2004 4:08 AM PDT

Again, sorry if you don't understand me but a have tried EVERYTHING, a have change everything, i will try to explain again:
1- I have the 3 pieces you tell me (all of it are NEW).
2- The floppy drive unit doesn't work as it have to.
3- I change the floppy drive unit for another, and the
same results, i change the floppy cable and the
same result, i change both things at the same time
and the same result
4- After this results I moved the floppy drive unit to
a older motherboard, in this case the floppy drive
unit works perfectly, with no error.

Then i want to know what is happening?? If i have tried everything, even i have tryiing cleaning the unit, but the same results!!! Do you understand me now??

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And the BIOS settings?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2004 4:22 AM PDT

Some will not enable the floppy drive, controller and set it to a 1.44MB drive and the A/B swap set to off/disable.


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Re: And the BIOS settings?
by halvaro / September 21, 2004 4:31 AM PDT
In reply to: And the BIOS settings?

The BIOS is set to a 1.44MB drive, and the A/B swap is set to (off/disable), i have one cuestion what is this for??

I have to add that in fact the floppy disk unit have good times but we can talk about of 50% of effectiveness, as you see it is to low.


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You just added new information (50%)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2004 4:37 AM PDT

Are you now telling the forum that it works on 1/2 the diskettes?


PS. A/B Swap is simple. Many years ago, we had 5.25 inch drives and needed to have such in the A or B position. The bios setting removed the need to swap the cable ends.

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