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Re: Floppy Installation Problem
I think the cable is the other way around. The end which has a twisted portion and with or without pin 3 covered goes to the FDD while the other end with or without pin 5 covered goes to the motherboard. Pls refer to the image below. Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
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Simple. But I'm going to assume you know a decent bit about computers first and then try to spell it out simply afterwards.
Ok. The simple technical answer is that right next to your 24-pin power connector you should have a big white slot with lots of pins in it. This is for ATA drives. Next to it you should have a smaller black slot with pins in it. It looks almost Identical, but it's smaller. That's for your floppy. Mount your floppy drive in the case with screws. Hook up the power connector to the floppy drive, and then run the data cable from the smaller black slot to the corresponding slot on your floppy drive. Boot up and you should be good. Windows should be able to install drivers for it from its database of legacy drivers. Just to be sure, if I got the connectors mixed up then don't try to force the cable. It's been years since I've installed an ATA HDD or a Floppy. Put it in the one that fits. That's the good thing about computers: USUALLY It only fits in one place. If it doesn't then it most likely doesn't matter which one you choose.
Simple Version (attempt?): Okay, let's see if I can do this without too much jargon. Open your case from one side or the other (usually the left side when facing the front of the case). Unplug the power from the back, and place your non-working hand on the metal chassis (frame) to ground yourself. If you don't understand why this is important, in lay-mens terms it keeps any static discharge from ruining the components inside the case. Now. set it on your lap with the unopened side of the case down. You should be looking at a lot of stuff, but mainly at the bottom there should be a big square... thing with a lot of wires and chips and connectors everywhere. Look towards the very very very very very left of this past all the chips and connectors. Then look down towards the vertical middle. You'll see two boxes, one white, one black, with a lot of copper pins sticking up. You should have a ribbon cable for your floppy drive. It's a big wide cable that looks like... well... a ribbon. One end should fit into the back of your floppy drive and the other should fit into one of the aforementioned boxes. There should also be, towards the back of the case, a big grey box that has a fan. It's where you plug your power cable in. It's your PSU (Power Supply Unit). It should have a lot of wires running from it going to all sorts of places all over the case. One of these should fit into another slot on the back of your floppy drive. Hook it up too to ensure that your floppy drive has power. Set the computer back down. I would leave the case off until you know for sure you're done. Plug it back in. Boot into windows. Wait a second after your desktop loads and windows should give you a notification telling you that the device was properly installed. Pop in a floppy to test it out and if everything works as it should you're good to go.
First go into BIOS Setup by tapping the DEL key as you power on your PC. (On some computers it's the F1, F2 or F10 key) On the first screen (usually titled System Information) be sure that your floppy dive is listed as Drive A: 1.44 MB 3.5" drive. It, probably is, so just exit out of bios setup and power off your computer. Next check and make sure that the 36 pin ribbon cable to your floppy drive is conected properly. The red mark on the side of the cable MUST be aligned with pin 1 on both the motherboard and drive end of the cable. The motherboard connector is usually labelled as to which end is pin 1, - if the drive connector is not labelled, look to se if the plastic guide on the top-center of the connector is lined up with the plastic guide on the drive. (If the cable is reversed, it wont hurt anyhing, the drive simply wont't work. If this doesn;t work, ty installing the drive in another PC to see whether or not the drive is bad.
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check the data cable and power cable,does the light in the floppy stay on if so you have the power cable backwards.is the drive connected ot the right end on the data cable. if the answer to these are yes then you have a bad drive.
You will need to install the SATA drivers for XP. First, download the proper drivers for your SATA controller and put them on a floppy (will properly have to use an external floppy drive). At the beginning of the XP installation you will need to press F6 and install your drivers. Be aware that there are only a few external floppy devices that XP will recognize. (Sony, IBM are two of them).
Can you try to just use floppy driver B socket or is their not one? Do you really need a floppy driver many computers now days do not have one using the CD/DVD burner for saving data. I have never heard of the pins being replaced, but nothing is impossible to fix.
Regarding configuring flopy drive for desktop please check these things
The wire on the ribbon cable with the red stripe is the pin 1 end and there should be a mark on the floppy drive as well marking the pin 1 end. Sometimes a little arrow or triangle point at pin1 sometimes stenciled with a number.