5.25 inch Floppy

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by PaulB, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. PaulB

    PaulB Guest

    Not that anyone cares, but VISTA RC1 will recognize and read an old 5.25 inch
    floppy drive.
    PaulB, Sep 19, 2006
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  2. PaulB

    Steve Urbach Guest

    Now that is interesting because XP pro would NOT do that even if it
    did show in the BIOS POST info screen.
    Steve Urbach, Sep 20, 2006
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  3. PaulB

    PaulB Guest

    Hi Steve,
    I'm surprized that you said that since i have been using it for quite some
    time with XP Pro. I haven't done anything unusual on my XP machine (now also
    VISTA RC1)other than enabling it in BIOS.
    PaulB, Sep 20, 2006
  4. PaulB

    Steve Urbach Guest

    Another message list mentioned this. I said "They are full of it" and
    grabbed a old 5.25 drive out of a 286 box and installed it as the B:
    drive. Bios said it was there. XP device manager would not add it.
    Moved the drive to the A: position and inserted a bootable floppy===
    It booted DOS, which sort of said the drive was OK.

    So what did you do to get it to work? (I am looking at the drive right
    now, sitting all dusty on the shelf <G>).
    Steve Urbach, Sep 20, 2006
  5. PaulB

    PaulB Guest

    Hi Steve,
    The only thing I did was use the original cable (with two connectors at each
    position) that the 5.25inch and the 3.5 inch floppy were connected to in my
    old Gateway 2000. This cable has the crossovers for select. The 5.25 gets
    connected in the center and the 3.5 inch at the end. That was it. I enabled
    it in BIOS and booted to XP pro. It found the drive and it showed up as B:
    in My Computer.
    PaulB, Sep 20, 2006
  6. PaulB

    Steve Urbach Guest

    Did the exact same thing(used the cable from the 286 box that had the
    dual size combo of drives). Go figure.... Got to be a XP <> FD
    controller chip driver thingie as some work and some don't.

    Steve Urbach, Sep 20, 2006
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