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Format Issue.

when i put a floppy disc in the floppy drive and click it,i get messaged"please insert disc".If i right click and select the format option,i get messaged after a few seconds,"windows was unable to complete format".If i click the ok tab on that message,i get another one reading" the disc in drive A cannot be formatted"
It's a brand new Floppy drive and i have tried 5 different floppies.Anyone have a clue?Regards

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Re:Format Issue.---?????'s

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Brand new suggests just replaced or is it a new computer?

Is floppy controller enabled in BIOS?

Is floppy cable inserted correctly, some may allow the installer to plug the cable upside-down at the floppy? off one set of pins?

Is the drive powered up?

Does the drive do anything i.e sounds lights?

Please more info

Don Erickson

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Re:Re:Format Issue.---?????'s

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I built the computer myself.Every single component is brand new.
I tried turning the cable round the other way and got exactly the same results.
"Is floppy controller enabled in BIOS?"How do i check?

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Re:Re:Re:Format Issue.---?????'s

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When in doubt Google it.
Your computer may tell you how when it starts it may read like the following

"Press Del key to enter setup".

Below is a list of some of the ways I used in the past and use presently.

Keystrokes entered at POST (power on self test)

Now if you are not familiar with CMOS (BIOS) setup read the Google info. A sidenote when I change something I still write it down so I can easily go back.

You did not answer whether the drive does anything like light comes on spins-up makes noise. if you have a second drive you may want to eliminate the possibility of a broken drive by installing the second.

Don Erickson

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BTW -Make sure you now have the cable inserted correctly...

In reply to: Re:Re:Re:Format Issue.---?????'s

The ribbon cable will be marked with a colored stripe on one edge this will be the #1 pin location on the drive and the motherboard also is there a small four pin connector plugged into the power plug. It should come from the power supply and plug into the drive.

Don Erickson

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Re:BTW -Make sure you now have the cable inserted correctly...

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I reversed the cable and i recieved exactly the same messages.However,i bought 10 new floppies and tried them.The first 3,i was able to write and delete from,but then the drive stopped responding.I then again tried the initial 3 that worked,but they had stopped responding.Any more ideas?

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Re:Re:BTW -Make sure you now have the cable inserted correctly...

could it be driver related?

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Re:Re:Re:BTW -Make sure you now have the cable inserted correctly...

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Could be.You couldn't send me drivers for it.It's a MPF920-E.Regards

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Re:Re:Re:BTW -Make sure you now have the cable inserted correctly...

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you can register with them and search/download many many drivers BTW the username and password they will give you will be
Username - drivers
Password - all

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My thought on this.

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I'm thinking it can be heat related or even power supply related. The clue for me is that a few diskettes in a row will format and then it begins to fail.

While not enough was written about the machine to determine if the PSU is up to the tasks (review ) my initial thought is to remove the case cover and let it run cooler.

As well, I tend to use a command window to do such formats since I get better feedback from that interface. Notes at

In closing, you may have to forgo the /Q or Quick options.


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Re:My thought on this.

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Robert,if it was heat related,would it not function properly after the 'puter had been off for a considerable time and then cease fuctioning after the heat set in?PSU=550 Watts.
I think i'll just take it back as i've spent enough time on it.It's still under guarntee anyway.

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I can't tell from here...

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You are probably right. I can only guess with the supplied information and what I remember from reading the posts.

It's worth noting that diskette quality seems to be on a downhill trend. If you format a few disks, then a few don't, then set those aside and don't keep trying those. Maybe a new box will fare better.

The same quality issue exists for drives as well. I think the last drive cost less than 9 dollars so it's almost amazing to me that I can get such for so little.

As to the power, that rating is good to read compared to how many times I see a machine (or read about one here) with a 300 Watt PSU driving some 2+GHz machine...

Best of luck,


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