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Raven
March 7th, 2009, 06:44 AM
Hey, this is my first post, but I've lurked around here for a few weeks. I'm a huge fan of vintage computers, and a collector of them.

Anyway, one of my comps is acting up. I have a Toshiba T4400c laptop, which has a 486DX, 360MB hdd, etc.. (first result googling for t4400c covers it pretty damn well).

To the problem..

One day, I left my 486DX on over night doing some stuff, and in the morning, it was "making noises", according to my family. I told them to unplug it, as I was trying to sleep. :P

I turned it on the next day, and found that it was indeed making noises, and that they were originating from the 3.5" floppy drive. The light was on, so I thought perhaps something happened to the cabling (who knows what kind of nonstandard things they did that could get messed up by jarring).

Turns out there's nothing wrong with the cabling, as I opened the thing up to check (BTW, 486 desktop socket in a laptop is quite pretty). So, now I'm left with a noisy dysfunctional floppy.. The laptop reports "NO FDD INSTALLED" when booting, but otherwise works normally. Ideas?

Thanks,
~Raven

patscc
March 7th, 2009, 07:21 AM
This may be a dumb question, but when you say "works normally" after boot, does this include the floppy as well ?
If the floppy still works, the noise might just be the BIOS doing the "floppy seek" during POST, which you might be able to turn off. (Is it a kind-of grinding noise that lasts briefly during boot ?)
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Raven
March 7th, 2009, 07:38 AM
Lol... no.

Chuck(G)
March 7th, 2009, 07:58 AM
My first idea would be to replace the floppy. They have been known to fail--and they're cheap.

Raven
March 7th, 2009, 08:00 AM
I would but its a small form factor floppy... about the size of the USB ones without the casing. As well, it uses a nonstandard connection of some kind.

Chuck(G)
March 7th, 2009, 09:47 AM
I would but its a small form factor floppy... about the size of the USB ones without the casing. As well, it uses a nonstandard connection of some kind.

Teac FD-05HF; 26-position flex cable connector. Right?

Specs here. (http://www.google.com/url?sa=U&start=8&q=http://www.vfx.hu/info/dl_fd05hf8630.pdf&ei=isCySb_fDt-Btwfbxqy8Bw&usg=AFQjCNEbtBQrpIV_DX1LYQA50lkpFm8nGA)


Not that hard to find and still being made; also serves as the upper part of the FD-505 "combo" drive.

patscc
March 7th, 2009, 11:24 AM
You can get one here:
http://www.pchub.com/uph/model/0--1750-1/T4400C-parts.html
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Raven
March 7th, 2009, 01:12 PM
Awesome, they have replacement drives. I didn't even consider it due to its age and oddness. I'll see if I can pick one up.

Raven
April 5th, 2009, 09:06 AM
I just got to this, due to lack of funds, and still apparently don't have enough, as the shipping on this site is ridiculous, $17 for basic shipping of the floppy drive!!

Anyone find this at a better site? Or have one they could sell me?