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new floppydrive

by Betty / February 24, 2004 8:55 AM PST

My previous PC, window 98, had an external floppy drive.I bought new computer with xp.and no internal floppy. I was advised that the external floppy would work on new PC. My problem is the new PC doesnot recognise the external floppy because I need a driver. How to solve this problem please.

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Re:new floppydrive
by Michael Geist / February 24, 2004 9:07 AM PST
In reply to: new floppydrive

How does the floppy attach? USB, serial port? Why not simply add an internal drive. Make and model of the computer can give more insight.

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Betty, That Depends...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 24, 2004 9:12 AM PST
In reply to: new floppydrive

The old external floppy drive may, or may not, have an XP compatible driver. You should still have the driver software for the drive on a floppy or CD. If it's on a floppy, can you send it to yourself in e-mail from a remote computer, then run it on the new machine and does it have an XP driver. If not, you can check at the manufacturer's website for the download. If you want us to help, you'll need to give us the manufacturer's name, plus the model of the floppy drive. Was it a USB floppy drive?

Normally, most XP compatible USB floppy drives will be able to use the XP built-in driver. Apparently, your's doesn't work with that driver, but we'll need to know more to make a better guess.

Hope this helps.


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Re:Betty, That Depends...
by Betty / February 26, 2004 4:38 PM PST
In reply to: Betty, That Depends...

Thanks for your answer Grif.
I tried to find the driver on Packard Bell Ready120lt notebook with Windows98. I looked on the floppies but couldnt recognise a driver file.The external floppy drive is a parallel port. Checked PB manufacturers website, couldnot find appropriate driver and also website of new pc Acer Aspire 1700 which has parallel and USB ports.
I opted for DVD CD drive on Acer because salesman told me I could use external floppy.In Systems/setup shows a standard floppy disc controller.
Thanks I hope this is not ambiguous. Betty

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