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Geoff Adams
Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000 - 5:20 pm:   

Ok, maybe this isn't hardware related, but at this point I really have no clue. Here's the symptoms: I have a standard 1.44 mb floppy drive installed, which worked previously but now the computer no longer recognizes it. I have tried 2 other drives, all with the same results. Possibly a problem with the BIOS? Also, my mouse is 'disappearing' periodically. It's a PS/2 mouse, put through an adapter to a serial port. I've checked as many connections as I can, and they all seam tight. Oh, and one more thing. When my mouse doesn't work, my computer won't recognize the modem. Help!

Geoff Adams
Danny Albers
Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000 - 7:50 pm:   

Mouse and modem could be using the same IRQ, prolly IRQ 4, check to see, if the modem is on com 3 and the mouse is on com1, then sometimes you may get a problem, but this is rare on new boards.

When you say your computer doesnt recognize your floppy drive, do you mean Windows doesn,t or do you get a bios error on boot up stating Floppy OR FDD not detected?
Geoff Adams
Posted on Monday, May 15, 2000 - 5:49 am:   

I get a bios error saying that the floppy drive has failed.
Danny Albers
Posted on Monday, May 15, 2000 - 1:41 pm:   

Try a new floppy cable

Check to see that your floppy cable is aligned to pin one correctly

Check to see the power to the drive is aligned correctly

Make sure you are hooking the drive up to the right end of the cable, the cable has a twist, and the port after that is where your A;Drive goes.

Bios reporting a FDD error is always hardware, as this is a POST test and runs before any software is loaded. Usually the cable is on wrong or bad, or there is no power to the floppy drive, or the drive is bad. If the problem is not one of these things, then you may have a bad mainboard, but that is pretty rare as nowadays the FDD and IDE controller are on the same chip, and your hard drive works fine.

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