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Thread: Old PC won't read the %$#@!*& floppy




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    OK, I'm new at all this, but building a NEW machine was a piece-O-cake compared to working on an old P2 266....can you say FRUSTRATING? Anyway, I cleaned up my g/f's PC this weekend and got it working great, except that the floppy is not responding. It's installed correctly, has a brand new cable....even installed a new floppy. I checked the BIOS and it's set up to recognize it, and it even shows being installed in the Device Manager. It's running Win98, and since I run XP, I'm not all that familiar with it, but I've done all I know to do. Anyone have any ideas?:wave:
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    Well I hope it's not what I've been comin' across with slightly older Pentium/P MMX's a lot lately and that's blown floppy controllers. :(
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    OK buddy, that makes sense....
    You'll get a laugh from this. I was talking to my love, and we were discussing the floppy problem and asking you about it. She said you'd tell her she needed a new mobo...lol! Hmmmm...I HAVE been eyeing a new mobo for MY puter. :devil: :devil win
    I kinda like the Asus A7N8X Deluxe, and I saw an XP 2200+ for dirt cheap........ but I'm wondering if there's a way to just fix her board and not spend all the dough on a full swapout. She really doesn't NEED a PC even as powerful as this one in its present configuration. I'd have to get her a case too, or a baby-ATX board, plus RAM....could pe pretty pricey. You know how it goes....I'd have to install XP, a new HD, etc, etc...and I can't really afford it right now.:(
    Can it be fixed, or should I invest in a board for such a weak machine?:cheers:
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    You could get away with usin' a Imation SuperDisk Internal PC IDE Drive (looks almost the same as a floppy drive) which is backwards compatible with 3.5" floppies as well but is an IDE device and a lot of old mobo's can't boot from these so check to make sure that it's worth it first before decidin'. ;)

    Panasonic also have a version. :)
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    Sounds to me like a nice band-aid for a bleeding artery...:rolleyes2 I can't find one, firstoff, and it looks as though that drive isn't being manufactured any more, though there still is media available for it. I do see that there are USB external floppies available....at $35-40 that could be a good temporary solution, as I could add the drivers she needs from floppy, as well as getting rid of the floppy from MY machine....
    I know I'm gonna do it anyway, so I'll just see if she can limp by with what she has for now until I can afford to set her up with a proper machine that's upgradeable instead of investing in yet more dead tech.
    Once again Wiggo, your counsel is highly appreciated and most welcome. :geek: :cheers: :thumb:
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    you can get external floppy drives...but i've never tried to boot from one
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    Her machine boots just fine, and if necessary, her BIOS does have an option to seek a boot from another source. I'm not entirely sure, but I think I read that you CAN boot from a USB floppy...
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    you can boot from one, i just don't know if her machine can
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    "I'm sorry baby, but your computer has to be put down now....It'll be MUCH happier up in PC heaven where it can roam free, never crashing or overheating and all the new upgrades are free....":D :devil win :thumb:
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