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floppy won't work

by jrjam / March 24, 2004 4:10 AM PST

I have an E machine 600is, windows me. My floppy drive will receive a disc, light up and you can hear it running, but all I get is a window saying: "please insert disc"...it doesn't seem to recognize the disc.
I checked my system driver and it says it is working properly. Please advise...JJ

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Re:floppy won't work
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2004 4:20 AM PST
In reply to: floppy won't work

Have someone make a boot disk for you to test with. Be aware that floppy drives and diskettes are high failure items. You may get to fix or replace an item.

Windows only checks the items in a very superficial way. That's nice, but not a good test.

Bob

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It's all up and down
by nworley / March 27, 2004 2:53 AM PST
In reply to: floppy won't work

jrjam:

Many, many times I have found that the reason the floppy acts as if it does not have a disk in it is because the microswitch on the right side looking into the drive sticks. Gunk from the air is deposited on this little plastic finger and does not let the microswitch sense that a 1.44 disk is in the drive. It thinks that it is a 720 (no hole on the right side) and cannot read if it is not informed.

If you will spray a little shot of WD-40 onto that switch, by lifting the door and pointing the spray wand at that switch. Take a ball point pencil point and work the switch up and down. insert a 1.44 disk into the drive several times to work the switch up and down. This has fixed a few drives for me. While you are spraying WD-40, lubricate the other switch on the left side, the Write safe switch. remove the excess with a paper towel.

Norm

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