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Tr3vor
March 6th, 2012, 05:34 PM
Well, I just stuck a second floppy drive in my computer, and It didn't work. My old floppy drive still worked, but the other one just sat there with the LED on the whole time. I figured out that I could turn drive B: on in my bios, but that did nothing.

I have a floppy drive cable that has 2 connections for drives, only the one on the end seems to have a part that is twisted around, and the other doesn't. Does that make a problem?

I havn't got a clue whats happening, and hopefully, if I plugged something in wrong I didn't mess up my motherboard or something.

Ole Juul
March 6th, 2012, 05:41 PM
The drives are normally jumpered (if they even have jumpers) as drive B. The twist in the cable changes B to A. So, the drive connected at the end (after the twist) will be drive A and the other one will be B. Keep that in mind when you're setting your BIOS. Also the BIOS may have a setting for switching them.

In your case, since you say you can get one to work, a good test would be to try one at a time on the end of the cable.

Elvi
March 6th, 2012, 05:50 PM
you have the b: drives cable the wrong way, that's the only reason the led is on the whole time, happend to me alot of times.

Ole Juul
March 6th, 2012, 05:57 PM
you have the b: drives cable the wrong way, that's the only reason the led is on the whole time, happend to me alot of times.

That's probably right. Check that the red stripe is lined up (preferred pin 1) with the same pin number on both ends.

Tr3vor
March 6th, 2012, 06:23 PM
Sweet, now it will work if that cable is twisted upside down in that very awkward way. Thanks.

I swear that I did try that cable both ways...