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Floppy drive doesn't recognize Lotus123 disk

March 14, 2010 at 18:17:46
Specs: Windows XP

Was operating Lotus123 with Windows XP but the
hard drive crashed. Had a new hard drive installed
and now I cannot get 123 reinstalled with Windows XP
Drive A will not recognize Install Disk 1.
Do I have to enable something or what?

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#1
March 15, 2010 at 01:12:32

Are you sure the disk and floppy drive are good?

Are the disks possibly 720K instead of 1.44? XP won't format 720K disks from its GUI but I think it reads them OK.

There's also something called the 'media descriptor byte' that must be set on the disk for XP to recognize it:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

If they're really old disks that may be the reason. Did you install Lotus123 previously on XP with those disks?

Here's some info about burning the disks to cd and installing that way:

http://www.tek-tips.com/viewthread....

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#2
March 15, 2010 at 12:59:07

123 is kind of old.

I agree that the drive or floppy is bad.

Consider using OpenOffice instead.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#3
March 16, 2010 at 15:52:04

Thanks for the reply: I think my Floppy Disk 1 (Install) is
corrupt. I have some very large spreadsheets on Lotus, so,
going to stick with it for awhile longer. Now, just trying to find
someone who has Disk 1. Slowly putting new spreadsheets
on Excel. Thanks for your input.

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#4
March 16, 2010 at 20:47:25

You might be able to find something on ebay. Or maybe a newer version of Lotus 123.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#5
March 17, 2010 at 06:48:38

What version of Lotus 123 is it?
I have 3.5" and 5 1/4" floppy disks for a version someone gave me but it's pretty old. I could send you a copy if it's the same version, and if disk one is okay.

Floppies sometimes develop bad sectors over time. If other floppies read fine in the floppy drive, there's nothing wrong with the floppy drive or any settings in Windows.


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#6
March 17, 2010 at 11:44:06

I have all the files(Including Install) over on another computer
where I tried to install lotus, however, that computer is operating
with Windows 7 and would not accept it. I'm on a home group
network and have been trying to figure out how I can either export or import these files from one computer to the other.
So far have not been successful. This is starting to be a pain.
Even if I could somehow transfer these files back unto the
computer they came from but I'm a novice and haven't figured
that out yet.

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#7
March 17, 2010 at 15:06:10

If a local network has been set up and if file and printer sharing has been enabled on both computers, then you should see at least a few things that are on the other computer from both computers.

Note that I don't have Windows 7 installed on a computer but I do have Vista installed on a computer, dual booting with XP, many things are the same in both Vista and Windows 7, and I also have another computer on the same local network. .

With both computers running....

On the Windows 7 computer, double click on the Computer icon.
On the left there should be a Network heading - if there is, double click on it. On the right, you should see an icon for the computer name of the XP computer - if so, double click on it to see what on the XP computer is presently being shared - there should be some things there.

If you do see the XP computer, and some things on it ...

In Windows 7, in Computer, go to the folder where the Lotus123 files are.
RIGHT click on the folder name, choose Share.
Click on Advanced Sharing - click on the blank square beside Share this folder to insert a checkmark there.
Optionally, type a name for the folder.
Click on OK.
The XP computer will than be able to access the folder the Lotus 123 files are in.

NOTE - you may have to reboot both computers at this point, one at a time.

On the XP computer....
with both computers running...

Start - My Network Places - View workgroup computers.
The icon with the computer name of the Windows 7 computer should be there. If it is, double click on it.
Double click on the folder that has the Lotus 123 files in it. Copy what you want to the XP computer. e.g. RIGHT click on something, choose Copy - minimize the window - double click on My Computer - go to the folder you want the file to be in, RIGHT click on the name of the folder, choose Paste.


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#8
March 17, 2010 at 20:44:57

Did you check the link in my # 1 about copying the files to a cd?

If all else fails it may be easiest to buy an old PC with a version of windows that's compatible with your Lotus.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#9
March 19, 2010 at 13:28:04

Nothing seems to be working. Wasted way to much time
messing with this, so, just going to have to break down and
try to find a Lotus program. Thanks for your time and effort
trying to help me with this.

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#10
March 20, 2010 at 10:29:33

Even if your local network is not set up properly....

I said:

"What version of Lotus 123 is it? "

Do you have answer for that ??

You said...

"I have all the files(Including Install) over on another computer
where I tried to install lotus, however, that computer is operating
with Windows 7 and would not accept it. "

DAVEINCAPS said...

"Did you check the link in my # 1 about copying the files to a cd?"

Follow the directions at his last link in that !


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