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Windows 7: Installation of Floppy Disk Drive

25 May 2016   #11
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BJC1992 View Post
I have unplugged the ribbon cable and I have reversed which end it was plugged into, so the end that was plugged into the motherboard is now plugged into the floppy drive, is that what you meant? And now no light comes on at all and I'm right back where I started.
I think the earlier poster meant: doublecheck to make sure one end is correctly aligned into the motherboard and the other end is correctly aligned into the floppy drive. There is a Pin Zero that needs to be in Pin Zero's slot [for the lack of a better word]. In the old days, both cable and slots were "knobbed" so that no error could be made.
** Guys/Gals! I've been saying "Pin Zero," that is wrong, I was wrong! It is: Pin 1 **


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25 May 2016   #12
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

When it says reversed (and the light is solid), it means the connector is in upside down.

Undo what you just did. The end that has the twist in the cable should go to the floppy drive.
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25 May 2016   #13
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC View Post
When it says reversed (and the light is solid), it means the connector is in upside down. Undo what you just did. The end that has the twist in the cable should go to the floppy drive.
And one still has to have Pin Zero connected correctly to both MB & FD.
** Guys/Gals! I've been saying "Pin Zero," I was wrong! It is: Pin 1 **
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25 May 2016   #14
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

** Guys/Gals! I've been saying "Pin Zero," I was wrong! It is: Pin 1 **
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26 May 2016   #15
BJC1992

Windows 7 32 Bit
 
 

I put the cable the correct way round, with the twisted end into the floppy drive, and then when I started the PC nothing happened, I have since tried another cable and still nothing, this now has me stumped! I know they only connect in the slot one way round, and I'm sure the power cables are connected properly. But I don't know what you mean by 'Pin Zero' and 'Pin 1'.
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26 May 2016   #16
alphaniner

Windows 7 Professional x64, Arch Linux
 
 

The individual cables & pins are generally numbered to indicate proper orientation. RolandJS just had a brain-fart and suggested numbering started with zero rather than one. Methinks he has programming experience.

Anyway, it's possible that previous mis-cabling fried something in the drive or even the controller... :'(
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26 May 2016   #17
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BJC1992 View Post
...But I don't know what you mean by 'Pin Zero' and 'Pin 1'.





Can you test the floppy drive in another computer to be sure that the drive is working?
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26 May 2016   #18
BJC1992

Windows 7 32 Bit
 
 

At the moment there is no other computer I can try the drive in, I think then I may just get a portable floppy drive as I don't reckon I'll get this one to work, but if I can pick up one cheap somewhere then I will give it another go, as I often see parts cheap at boot sales etc, thanks everyone for all your help, is most appreciated. If I have any success in getting the current drive to work I shall let you all know. Thanks for your assistance.
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26 May 2016   #19
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86
 
 

Does Windows 7 even support a Floppy Disk drive?

If the motherboard does have a real Floppy Disk slot, the drive would still have to be set up (activated) in the BIOS. These days, it would probably be disabled by default.

With all the if's, and's and but's, involved with getting a floppy disk drive to work, as witness all the previous posts about pin 0, pin 1, twisted cables, etc., , , it's just a lot easier in time and money to go buy a USB Floppy Drive, and then you can use it on virtually ANY PC. I have more than one.

Good Luck!
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26 May 2016   #20
BJC1992

Windows 7 32 Bit
 
 

It does indeed have a dedicated slot for a floppy drive, and the first thing that I done was enable it in the BIOS, but as you say it's proving more trouble than it's worth, so I intend to buy a portable USB drive. Thanks to everyone for you help and advice.
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