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