Semi-OT: Has any interfaced a 360K floppy to apentium-class PC?

From: Joe <>
Date: Mon Aug 19 22:52:33 2002

At 04:52 PM 8/19/02 -0700, you wrote:
>Joe wrote:
>> Ross,
>> What OS are you running? I seem to recall that W98 dropped support for single sided 5 1/4" disks and some of the other older formats (320k, etc). I suspect that that's whats happened to your drive.
>> Joe
>Windoze XP. But my BIOS doesn't recognize it either,
>and it has settings for 360K.

   How do you know that your BIOS doesn't recognize it? I know some will auto-detect hard drives but I've never seen one that did anything with floppy drives. All the ones that I've seen, you simply set the type drive and that's it.

   Actually when I found that W98 didn't support some old 5 1/4" formats I assumed that it was due to W98 but it may have something to do with the BIOS. But that's questionable since it handles some formats but not others. I wonder if it might be something to so with the drive controller since DD and HD drives have different data rates. Perhaps the controller doesn't support the data rate used by the DD 5 1/4" drives? But if that's true then why would the manufacturer allow a 360k settting in the BIOS?

  It sounds like you need to contact the motherboard manufacturer and ask them about it. The other thing you could try is to get one of the older floppy drive controller cards that has it's own BIOS and see if it works. OTOH you probably don't even have an ISA slot in that new MB.


>> At 03:45 PM 8/19/02 -0700, you wrote:
>> >Can't make my Toshiba 360K floppy drive work on my Athlon or
>> >P4 machine to save my life. I've tried every jumper setting
>> >I can think of on the drive. The best I get is a disk
>> >failure,
>> >where I try to access the drive, and the LED comes on and
>> >spins
>> >the disk for a while, then fails.
>> >
>> >Yes, I'm using the right cable. :) It has a 34 pin header
>> >plug
>> >(remember those?) that used to be standard on floppy cables
>> >all
>> >those years ago. Jameco still sells them. :)
>> >Yes, I set the BIOS to 360K. Still no dice.
>> >
>> >Anybody have any clues as to what might be going wrong?
>> >
>> >Thanks, even if nobody has any ideas. :)
>> >
>> >-- Ross
>> >
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