dell pc wont recognise floppy drive

  zzzgordon 21:19 23 Jul 2005

I recently purchased a dell pc and today plugged in my old floppy drive from former pc.

the problem is I cant get dell to recognise the 'A' drive - where am i going wrong ?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:22 23 Jul 2005

Xp is fussy about floppies formatted on the older windows systems.

Hav you still got the old machine? copy the disc to the harddrive on the old machine reformat it on the new dell and then copy the contents back from the old machine. Both machines should now recognise the disk

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:23 23 Jul 2005

free progams might help

Floppy recovery click here
Drive Rescue click here

  zzzgordon 21:24 23 Jul 2005

Fruit bat - Sorry, should have myself clearer its the actual disk drive it wont recognise.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:30 23 Jul 2005


1.led lit during boot up?

2. ribbon cable correct way round and fully inserted at both floppy and mother board

3. power cable fully inserted to floppy

4. floppy disK controller (FDC) enabled in BIOS

  zzzgordon 21:35 23 Jul 2005

Fruit bat,

1. No
2. yes - checked and re-inserted
3. yes - checked and reinsterted
4. Unsure - how would i know ?


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:50 23 Jul 2005

Enter BIOS (setup)

message on first screen says something like press del to enter setup,

but could be oher keys for your machine.

Once in BIOS lokk for Advanced d screen then look for FDC floppy controller, change by using page up / down options to change are usually shown on screen.

  zzzgordon 21:56 23 Jul 2005

Fruit Bat,

Your a genuis. I've changed the setting in BIOS and everythings working.

Thank you very much for the quick responses.

all the best

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:00 23 Jul 2005

Alot of new machines are not built with a floppy drive and so the factory default setting for the Floppy Disk Controller is set to disabled, hence you prolem.

Please tick the thread as resolved thanks.

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