Posted 19 September 2007 - 05:12 PM
Posted 21 September 2007 - 10:07 AM
Posted 22 September 2007 - 10:21 PM
If you have followed SAMM's suggestion in Post #13 (setting the floppy drive to none or disabled), then try re-enabling it first. If not...
If you're talking about the CMOS battery, then I'm not too sure. They are very cheap to buy anyway (only a few dollars), so perhaps replace it with a new one and see if that helps.
Failing that, the only thing I can think of would be that the port on the motherboard is faulty, and the motherboard would need to be replaced. This would be a reasonably expensive and time-consuming job. You could possibly get around this by using a USB floppy disk drive - here's one for just $20.
Posted 23 September 2007 - 08:50 PM
Posted 25 September 2007 - 03:09 PM
Apologies for my absence - been with Internet for the last few days!
FPVDriF6 may have a point here - it is starting to look like there may be more going on than just a floppy drive or controller problem. I would like to take you back to the point just before you bought the replacement floppy drive - i.e the floppy drives ribbon cable disconnected from the motherboard & the floppy drive disabled in the bios. I want to know if all of the problems you described still persist in this state. Unless you already happen to know that they do, then please return your system to the state I just described & run it until each of the problems reoccur, or for a few days, whichever comes first.
Posted 25 September 2007 - 09:01 PM
Posted 25 September 2007 - 09:23 PM
Yes, this is a good idea. Disconnect the floppy drive from the data cable and the power source, and then set it to None in the BIOS so that your computer does not search for a floppy drive at all.
Let us know how this goes.
Posted 26 September 2007 - 10:37 PM
Posted 27 September 2007 - 12:56 AM
Nevertheless, let's get you some decent instructions, just to be sure:
1) Make sure you Shut Down the computer so it's off, and disconnect the power cable from the back of the computer. I usually disconnect every cable and move the tower (carefully) to somewhere like the kitchen table, where there's lots of space, but this may be unnecessary as we're only disconnecting a couple of cables, not completely moving components around...
2) Using a screwdriver, remove the side panel from the case.
3) Before touching anything, make sure to touch a part of the metal chassis inside the case - this is to make sure any static is removed from your body.
4) Completely remove the floppy drive data cable from the back of the floppy drive and from the motherboard. You should be able to completely pull this cable out.
5) Disconnect the floppy power cable from the back of the floppy drive. It should still be connected to your power supply, so just tuck it away somewhere nicely in the case.
6) The actual floppy drive should now just be sitting in your case with nothing connected to it. This won't do any damage. You could completely remove it by unscrewing it and pulling it out, but for now this does not matter.
7) Put the side panel back on and connect the power cable (and any other cables you removed) back into the tower.
8) Boot your computer and enter the BIOS, set the floppy drive to None. Do not make any other changes. Press the F10 key and confirm that you want to save changes and exit.
9) Report back here and tell us what your computer now does.
Hope this is helpful! Any further questions, please feel free to ask!
Posted 27 September 2007 - 06:06 PM
Posted 27 September 2007 - 08:12 PM
Posted 28 September 2007 - 05:39 AM
Posted 28 September 2007 - 02:50 PM
The floppy controller is built into the motherboard so it cannot be replaced without replacing the entire board. As for device manager reporting that the floppy controller & floppy drive are working ok, all this means is that the floppy controller etc is enabled in the bios & that there are no resource conflicts. It doesn't actually mean that the controller or the drive are functioning correctly however.
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