Yahoo! News Story - Floppy Disk Becoming Relic of the Past (fwd)

From: Fred N. van Kempen <>
Date: Mon Sep 20 08:48:10 2004

On Mon, 20 Sep 2004, John Foust wrote:

> I recently tried a Belkin USB-to-serial and a second brand (Amb-something)
> on my Win2000 box in hopes of delivering an extra serial port for
> my old Palm III. No go! Both blue-screened when Palm Desktop
> tried to access the serial port. I suspect that either my motherboard
> USB is blown or the drivers didn't like a dual-processor machine.
Most cheap-brand card drivers have not been tested with SMP
systems, and, often, will blow up on said systems. I have
serial, parallel, ISDN, Ethernet and WiFi USB thingies, and
they all work fine on my (Win2K) laptop.

> There are PCMCIA to serial adapters, no? And we'll be able to
> insert PCI serial cards as long as PCI is around.

> But I'd love to have a USB-to-floppy connection, too. And we'd all
> love it if it was 8", 5 1/4", 3 1/2" and 2" compatible. :-)
I have one of those. Well, two actually.. one is a regular
USB floppy thinger that came with the lappy (Compaq Armada)
and another one which is larger, but seems to be featuring
a regular floppy interface connector on the inside, so it
*should* be possible to operate that with non-3.5" drives
with some mods..

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