5-1/4' drive on modern PC

From: Steve Thatcher <melamy_at_earthlink.net>
Date: Mon Dec 13 05:21:19 2004

the one floppy deal is not really a bios issue, it is a hardware issue. As long as there are two drive select lines coming from the hardware, then the mb can supprt two drives even if there is not bios support. My ASUS P4 mb only supports one drive and I suspect that there is only one drive select. Bios code is meant to support the hardware that is present. At least that is the way is has been for 23 years...

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Feldman <r_a_feldman_at_hotmail.com>
Sent: Dec 12, 2004 11:13 PM
To: cctalk_at_classiccmp.org
Subject: Re: 5-1/4' drive on modern PC

I've been wading through a lot of digests, catching up with the list, so
this post is a bit late in the thread.

One thing to watch out with on recent PC's is that the BIOS might not
support more than one floppy drive. I found that out on a SOYO motherboard I
got last year. The BIOS can handle 360KB and 1.2 MB 5 1/4" drives, as well
as 3.5" drives, but you can have only one drive attached at a time.

Received on Mon Dec 13 2004 - 05:21:19 GMT

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