has a twisted end that gets attached to the drive itself and is skinnier than the gray cable that attaches to the harddrive and cdrom.
For the floppy to be read, you will need to enter the bios (using a keyboard only to navigate with using arrow keys, Enter key, and ESC key). Once you get in there, first check to make sure that the floppy drive is listed as a 1.44MB drive...then go to the boot sequence area and make sure it is seen as the FIRST BOOT DEVICE, with the harddrive next, and the cdrom last.
Use the ESC key to get back to the main page and choose SAVE and EXIT. The computer will boot up automatically again.
Regarding the gray cables. Make sure that the red line down the side for the harddrive and cdrom is facing the red wire of the power connector. The floppy drive cable is a little trickier in that the power cable is normally placed on TOP of the cable, so you might have to check the gray cable to make sure it is secure in its connector and that no pins have been bent. There is usually only one way for the cable to be connected because of a notch in it, but there have been a few that we've found over the years where it's notched on the wrong side and you would have to file off the notch and turn it over instead. If it was working before, you probably don't have that problem.
After other problems earlier this month. I finally am trying to re-install windows on my computer. Yet my so called PC friend, opened the cabinet and must of unplugged some wires, or maybe did not plug them back in right? When I use the 98 startup disk, The program tells me, there are no drives. I have a hard drive? lol and 1 generic disk drive and a sony cdr. Can someone help me?
I looked in the cabinet myself..and I can see power is plugged into each drive, the flat cable is plugged in (with red strip to pin 1) there are two little plugs that plug into motherboard? One has a catch and the other does not, there are three little places for them to plug into. One is green and the other two are black in color. I have tried switching these around and still nothing shows in setup.
Ok I won't confuse you anymore... with more details. Please do ask me anything... I despretely hope to fix this?