Sudden Floppy DEATH!!!???
I upgraded my Compaq Presario 5528 from 75mHz to 166mhz. That required me taking my floppy drive out for a minute, so i could get to the power source for the heatsinkfan. When I booted up, my BIOS recognized the lack of floppy drive, updated, and booted up fine.
Then when i put the floppy back and the fan in the same power source using a "Y" connector, the BIOS recognized the floppy, but the floppy was not working in windows. It was called a "removable drive a" in My Computer. I checked all connections (I know where the first pin goes; but i still tried all possible connections). I even tried updating BIOS manually, bcuz it got progressively worse, where the BIOS didn't even recognize the drive, and booted w/o it. The light on the drive is irregularly ALWAYS on, when the floppy is connected, and it makes a weird sound. I tried two other floppy drives on this computer, with two different ribbons. The BIOS recognized NONE. They both made a slight sound when I turned my pc on; that's how I know it got power. The ribbon was connected fine too.
I have NO idea what the matter is. My only possible diagnosis is that the place where I plug the ribbon is messed up (I think it's called an FDC?). But I didn't tamper with the mother board.
Has anyone had this problem???
Any possible solutions?
If my puter dies or something, I have no way of booting up without a floppy drive.
I don't wanna screw my computer up.
If anyone could help, I would GREATLY appreciate it!
Thanks for your time, Mark.
If you checked and rechecked all the connections and the bios isn't seeing the floppy drive, purchase another floppy drive and it will be fine.
Coincidence does happen.
hey, thanx a lot for the advices.
I actually managed to fix it with a 34 pin floppy from my 286.
It was kinda weird... if i used all 34 pins, my bios recognized it as a 5.25" drive. I had to bend the second pin for the bios to recognize it as a 3.5 floppy. Also, it was an IRQ problem as well.
Heh, thought I messed up my puter. Thanx again!
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