5-1/4' drive on modern PC

From: Pete Turnbull <pete_at_dunnington.u-net.com>
Date: Tue Dec 14 17:06:13 2004

On Dec 13 2004, 6:21, Steve Thatcher wrote:
> 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...

That's like mine. The motherboard only has one drive select line, so
the BIOS normally shows only one entry for a floppy. However, if I
disable the on-board FDC and add a normal FDC card, I can use two
floppies and the BIOS detects and shows settings for both.

Pete						Peter Turnbull
						Network Manager
						University of York
Received on Tue Dec 14 2004 - 17:06:13 GMT

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