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RE: I hate floppy discs...can anyone help...??

Can anyone help....

Running Windows XP Pro...

When I insert a floppy disc...it reads the disc fine and opens the documents...

When I take out the disc the files are still in the A:, even though there is no floppy disc in the drive..I can even open the documents..!

If I insert another floppy disc, it is overwritten with the files from the previous disc, if you know what I mean..?

I have bought and installed a new floppy disc drive and changed the IDE cables, but the problem is still there..

I have also run a virus check but it still happens....Any ideas..??

Thanks in advance...

Simon...

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I don't know what you mean.

In reply to: RE: I hate floppy discs...can anyone help...??

If I insert another floppy disc, it is overwritten with the files from the previous disc, if you know what I mean..?

Are you saying that the files in the second floppy are overwritten by the files of the first floppy, even though the first floppy is not in the drive ? So, now, the second floppy contains the files of the first floppy (if you understand what I am trying to ask you.) ?

When I take out the disc the files are still in the A:, even though there is no floppy disc in the drive..I can even open the documents..!

So, after you have taken the floppy out,you were not asked to insert a floppy into the drive when you tried to open the files, and the flies open ?
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There is a switch in the newer [maybe 8 years ago]

In reply to: RE: I hate floppy discs...can anyone help...??

floppy drives that detects the change of disks. thus that should not happen. Really unusual that the new drive didn't correct the problem. Something in the computer is not detecting the switch. But I do not know what it might be. I'll see if I can find something on it.

BTW the floppy drive is not an IDE drive. The ribbon cable and the connector are unique for the floppy drive controller.

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Bits and pieces from Scott Muellers

In reply to: There is a switch in the newer [maybe 8 years ago]

books "Upgrading & Repairing PC's".

"The standard PC floppy controller and drive use a special signal on pin 34 called "disk Change" to determine whether the disk has been changed"; ***** many words later.

"If the drive you are installing is a 5 1/4" 1.2MB or 3 1/2" 720KB, 1.44 MB or 2.88 MB be sure to set pin 34 to send the disk change (DC) signal. Most drivescome permanently set this way, but some have used a jumper (usually labelled DC) to set this option."

He also warns about what you are experiencing with the next floppy getting overwritten.

I guess you can deduce some of the possible things wrong in your case.

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