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 Post subject: Lost my Floppy FDD controller
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2004 9:43 pm 
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This is a WinXPP on an Abit IS-7 w P4C 2.6 at 3GHz and 1 GB RAM.

A month ago I noticed my A: wasn't shown on the tree in my Win Explorer. I do like the old 3.5" for legacy reasons, but it isn't critical to me. So when I verified that the FDD itself was okay, power cable to FDD was good and that the FDD cable was okay (both these items were cleared by substitution from my junk box) and not plugged in reversed neither, I said oh let it wait.

A month later & I've gone back to the problem and darn but I'm stumped!
The Device manager shows nothing weird other than absence of a floppy controller or drive. The FDD LED won't go on at all (unless I reverse the
cable, as usual!). I looked through all my BIOS choices and all seems proper.

Does the i865PE chipset do this that you've ever heard?
Can you think of a way I should go after this? It's annoying.
Thanks, Maggs


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 Post subject: Re: Lost my Floppy FDD controller
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2004 10:29 pm 
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Maggot wrote:
This is a WinXPP on an Abit IS-7 w P4C 2.6 at 3GHz and 1 GB RAM.

A month ago I noticed my A: wasn't shown on the tree in my Win Explorer. I do like the old 3.5" for legacy reasons, but it isn't critical to me. So when I verified that the FDD itself was okay, power cable to FDD was good and that the FDD cable was okay (both these items were cleared by substitution from my junk box) and not plugged in reversed neither, I said oh let it wait.

A month later & I've gone back to the problem and darn but I'm stumped!
The Device manager shows nothing weird other than absence of a floppy controller or drive. The FDD LED won't go on at all (unless I reverse the
cable, as usual!). I looked through all my BIOS choices and all seems proper.

Does the i865PE chipset do this that you've ever heard?
Can you think of a way I should go after this? It's annoying.
Thanks, Maggs


Ok, to checklist:
-Floppy is securely plugged in
-Floppy has been shown to work in other computers
-power is not being supplied to the floppy
-other cables have shown no difference.

Are you sure it's not something like the PSU line to the FDD not working? What about subbing another floppy disk in there? I've not heard of any problems arising from the i865 chipset ... that's too broad, but check on the board.

I've got the Asus p4p800-e and never had a problem.

Report back with any info, please.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2004 10:47 pm 
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Ok, to checklist:
-Floppy is securely plugged in *CHECK*
-Floppy has been shown to work in other computers *CHECK*

-power is not being supplied to the floppy *CHECK*-no LED unless ribbon cable is reversed and then the expected, LED always ON

-other cables have shown no difference. *CHECK*

Are you sure it's not something like the PSU line to the FDD not working?
*CHECK* Yes, I tried 2 different rails, and besides, LED does stay on when cable reversed as above

What about subbing another floppy disk in there? *CHECK* It d/n change anything.

Remember now: my Device Manager shows No FDD Controller!
Now, would *that* result from a failure in the FDD device, its power, or its cable?
Appreciate your doggedness!


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2004 1:47 am 
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this absolutely stumps me. you've tried everything and yet no prevail. did a search on microsoft.com to see if it was some kind of xp bug, but turned up non related topics. you're probably right, the board could be faulty.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2004 4:51 am 
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Try checking the event viewer. There may be entries relating to your floppy controller. One other thing you may want to try. create another account then logon to it and check for the floppy controller that would rule out any problems with your profile.

Rob


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Hmmmm...you could also eliminate the OS by booting from a Linux kernel from a CD... try mounting the floppy in Linux, if it works, then you can point your finger at Windoze...if not, then maybe it is HW related.

just a thought.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2004 5:35 am 
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forgot the most simple test.

if you have a bootable floppy try booting from it.

Rob :oops:


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2004 9:19 pm 
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hey- some good ideas here!
I'll surely try the boot disk (so unlikely -if the damn FDD isn't getting polled at boot at all how could it possibly read the disk enuf to recognize a familiar sys.com or whatever.... but WTF I do have one!)
and log-on as not-me.

I will report back!


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