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    Need help with a floppy drive

    Hi everyone...haven't been around for a bit.

    I just built my own computer for the second time..went fairly smoothly, however I have a wee little problem..

    My floppy drive (the 1.44 megabyte one) according to the manual I should plug it in directly into the board, which I did however the drive light is always on and when I insert a disk it won't recognize it. What should I do?

    I realize this forum doesn't really deal with computer problems per se but I could use a spot of help so does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks.
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    luckily for you, we have a new Computer Issues forum!
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    Thanks..I didn't see that forum..I just posted there so I hope I can get some assistance.

    Thanks again!
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    That is Alchemy's first law of Equivalent Exchange.
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    1)Check if you plug it to the right slot
    2)Instal/update driver

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    Yep. Already fixed it...turns out the ribbon cable was in backwards.
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    floppys suck, no one uses them anymore. Invest in a nice usb flash pen.

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    Y'know..I was thinking the same thing too.

    Originally I was thinking of replacing my 100 Mb Zip with a 750 Mb one..it can read and write to both 250 and 750 disks but can do a "Read Only" on 100 Mb's....might still do that..

    But you are right..those floppy's are SO dead...it was neat installing Windows XP straight from the CD..all I had to do was change the boot sequence in the BIOS and VIOLA!..I was in business.

    I still wonder why floppy's are still installed in computers though..they really don't help much....
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    they're installed because people still use them; because, sadly, not everyone has USB Flash drives.
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    personally I think they're installed because until recently many motherboards didn't have the capability to boot from cd...

    I've always found them to be soo slow that I avoid them at all costs.
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    floppies are getting to be a thing of the past. You are not going to find a motherboard that does not have usb. Let me go check my 486 and see if it has usb... okay never mind, my 486 is from the days before usb. But none the less floppies are very out dated and no longer neccessary.

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    I took out my floopy and added a hard drive

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    I never had a floppy. I had one back in the day but when I built my new pc I didnt bother with one.

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    i have two dont ask why i just think it looks weird without one, and my case looked empty with just the one and a facia, so i put second in there, dont use them but o well

    and i dont need to put a HDD in there cos i have 7 slots for them anyway (4 being free)
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    I have 2 on most of my machines because my mum still uses floppies and she likes to copy data directly from one to the other. Except for my shuttle ofcourse.
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    The reason the light was on was because you plugged the cable in the wrong way around, if you unplug the floppy cable from the drive, rotate it 180 degrees and plug it back in again, it should work fine.

    I have a floppy drive in my machine and was ridiculed for it, but recently it came in very usedful indeed. I needed it to install SATA drivers for my HDD during a Win XP Pro installation. If I didn't have a floppy drive I wouldn't be able to use my PC right now.
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