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Posted on Monday, December 24, 2001 - 6:44 pm:   

I'm starting my own computer repair business, and am still in the very early stages of hardware troubleshooting. It is extremely important that I know how to fix this problem! I had to order and new hard drive, and a new modem for this computer. However, after connecting and disconnecting several things, the floppy drive (A) light is ALWAYS on from bootup to eternity! The computer will not register drive A whatsoever. Even when I DO get into Windows, the CD-ROM doesn't respond either. They both have power, their connected to the motherboard properly. The CD-ROM I could care less about, the A drive is my main concern seeing as though I cannot use a start up disk to put WIN98 on the main hard drive. This person is wondering why it's taking so long, I said the part hasn't come in yet to buy my sorry self some time. Someone please help me! Is it a power issue? Did something get spiked? I don't care if it's the worst news I need to hear, I just need to know. Thanks. Please email me or reply, something - anything.
Posted on Monday, December 24, 2001 - 7:43 pm:   

Are you "absolutely" sure the floppy drive cable's pin #1 is connected to pin #1 on the board and to the floppy?

Have you tried new cables?
V (Vera)
Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2001 - 2:08 pm:   

Make sure none of the floppydrive connector pins are bent, on the drive and on the board.
Try the floppydrive in a different pc to see if it will work.
Is the new harddrive hooked up in there anywhere?
What kind of system is it anyway?
Kevin Schenk
Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2001 - 11:45 am:   

If the floppy light remains on, the cable needs to be reversed on the back of the floppy drive.
Posted on Friday, December 28, 2001 - 4:53 am:   

Thanks you guys for your help. I've figured out the problem from you're advice. It turns out, that I've had the cable plugged in upside down. So that pin #30 (or whichever the last pin is) was connected into #1's slot. There is a plastic "bump" on the cable found on one end that normally prevents it from being plugged in upside down. But in this particular floppy drive, there is no plastic molding on the back of the drive to utilize this feature on the cable. Just goes to show you my luck, that for all the 25+ times I've plugged this in and unplugged it, by pure cooncidence it was backwards all times! Thanks a billion and beyond, without you're help I'd of been nowhere! God bless America


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