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Thread: Compaq Portable (3.5" Floppy)

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    Exclamation Compaq Portable (3.5" Floppy)

    Hi, so I've recently purchased a Compaq Portable, I'd like to be able to use my 3.5" Diskettes with it but i'm having a hard time. I got a Power Splitter Cable ( 5.25" to 2 x 3.5" Floppy Convert from Molex to 2X FDD Leads ) and a new floppy drive ribbon as well as two 3.5", 1.44Mb floppy drivers. I've disconnected the 5.25" Floppy drives and installed the new 3.5 drivers, when booting up the PC i get a diskette error, which i says "Diskette Error, Replace and strike any key when ready".

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    Sep 2016
    Shrewsbury, MA


    Correct me if I'm wrong but I think if you're running the factory floppy controller it won't work. You need a controller that can handle the drives, and you shouldn't need drivers for it

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    The stock controller can handle 3.5” drives fine in 720K mode (I know, because I just 3.5” drive in my Portable just recently), but it won’t work with 1.44MB disks.

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