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Floppy Installation Problem

I'm trying to add a floppy driver to my Acer system. The data cable wont fit the pin configuration on the drive controller interface. Pin 3 on the controller is missing, but on the cable it's pin 5.



I though all data cables were standard. Do I have to buy a different cable?

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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.Floppy Installation Problem - 5303f10.jpg
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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Where can I find the pin configuration for this motherboard

Click on Product Views.
D - CPU Fan Connector (Processor Fan)
F - Main Power Connector

G - Floppy Disk Drive Connector
H - Parallel ATA IDE Connector
M - Clear CMOS Jumper
N - Front Audio Connector (Audio ports in Front Panel)
O - S/PDIF Connector
P - System Fan Connector (Computer Case Fan)
Q - IEEE 1394 Connector (Firewire ports in Front Panel)
R - USB Connectors (Front Panel)

S - Front Panel Connector
The front of your computer is the Front Panel.

The area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the main wires go to, is the Front Panel header.
The above is the pinout for the Front Panel header.

T - SATA Connectors
A SATA data connector on the motherboard has 7 contact pins.
Between it, and the SATA power cable, the SATA data cable's connector is shorter in width,

Note the L shaped slot in the SATA data cable's connector, at top;
and the corresponding L-shaped locating lug on the motherboard connector, shown at bottom.

SATA power cable general example,

The SATA power cable's connector has a Lock tab on top. Squeezed down with the thumb tip to release when removing.

Looking at the 6 SATA connectors on the motherboard, you will note they are marked in-between the connectors, and at the outside edge of the motherboard. SATA_1, SATA_3, SATA_5, SATA_2, etc.

If using more than 1 harddrive, the harddrive that has the Operating System, is generally plugged into SATA_1.

The beauty of SATA is however, that you can plug whatever SATA device you want, into whatever SATA connector on the motherboard, and BIOS will find the device.

Mean, for one,that you can plug the harddrive with the O/S into SATA_3, or SATA_6, or SATA_4, etc; and BIOS will still find it.

Scroll down to the photo under the Specifications chart. It's a Top View.
The power cable, and corresponding connector on the motherboard that is Not stated on Gateway Support, is a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable,

Motherboard in the Top view is shown as it is, when installed in a computer case. Go above the top of the Processor socket to the edge of the motherboard, then over to the left.

Whitish square 4-socket hole connector.
4-pin ATX +12 Volt.

Above the top right corner of the Processor socket, and between the edge of the motherboard is the CPU_FAN connector.

Front Panel header bottom/right corner of motherboard

The four Yellow USB headers are to the left of the Front Panel header.

The Black Firewire (IEEE 1394) header is to the left of the USB headers.

The SYSTEM_FAN white connector is to the left of the Firewire connector.

SPDIF_OUT connector to the left of the System Fan connector.

F_AUDIO red connector to the left of the SPDIF connector

To the right of the Blue and Yellow ram memory slots, is the 24-pin ATX main power cable connector. To the right of it is the Black 34-pin Floppy Drive connector.

Below the Floppy Drive connector is the Blue 40-pin IDE connector.

Driver downloads,

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

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I have intel d946gzis motherboard. i wan connect floppy drive on it . how can i do that ?

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.

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Dear Sir I have a motherboard M925G V9.1 and the floppy disc and the green light that indicate activity remain on all time and I thing may be some configuration trouble Best Regards Ricardo Gatti

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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The floppy drive light permanently on can be caused by inserting the 4 pin power cable upside down.

Please check that the power cable is correctly inserted. There should be a raised part on the power plug that fits into a slot on the floppy drive power socket.

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you need to install the drivers for it when loading windows,,
you are on the right track by pressing F6 however you need to have the FLOPPY DISK that came with your mainboard in the floppy drive..

If you dont have the diskette then ,, the drivers are located on the mainboard cd,, its in the sata / raid folder, there should be a text document in there with the insttructions on creating a floppy with the driver files you will need.

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Pentium: 2GB through 5GB
Pentium 2:5GB through 20GB
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Pentium 4: 40GB through 500GB
Pentium D: 40GB through 1TB
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Archerr, what did u try?, I don't know, I can't help u! as per 3.5 floppy, check how u connected the ribbon cable.Pin#1 on mother board to red or colored wire on ribbon(pin#1) the pin#1 [red or colored] that goes to the floppy is usually connected FACING towards the power connector [usually 4 pins in line, almost always on the left side of floppy. the connection to h/d(hard drive)on the board looks the same.Usually h/d#1 & h/d#2 are side by side and the floppy connector usually is a distance away by itself.
Get a bootable 3.5"[with ANY operating system] and boot up with the floppy, you'll will know when it works.Then get back with" Tried that still nothing..."

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When you start your computer, is the floppy drive detected in the BIOS? or is it Enabled in the BIOS? you have to enable the floppy drive in the BIOS for it to be working. Plus can you double check if you inserted the power cable and data cable properly? The cable might be loose. Double check.

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