How do i Install AT Drive-Compaq Presario?

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August 29, 2010 at 07:01:55
Specs: Windows 98SE, P3
I got Floppy 5 1/4 in. "AT" Drive (1.2 Meg ?).
How do i Install "AT Drive" in a Compaq Presario 5900T ?
5 1/4 Floppy

I Don't hare "kit " but probably have cables etc somewhere

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August 29, 2010 at 07:22:17
Look in the bios Setup and see if you can select a 5 1/4 floppy drive. Some newer bioses no longer have that.
If it doesn't have that, you can't connect a 5 1/4 drive.
If it does have that, it must be set to a 1.2mb one, not a 360kb one.
(Some bioses auto detect the floppy drive type and there is nowhere in the bios you can select the type - in that case, you won't know whether the bios can detect a 5 1/4 drive until one is connected properly.)

You need a floppy data cable that has one or two of the older type of floppy connector (two on a three connector data cable) - a larger one that has a divider in it that lines up with the space in the contact strip on the drive's data connection - the mboard end connector has the same smaller connector as the newer type floppy data cables have -
some have both the older and newer type of connectors for the drives -

StarTech FDAT 32-Inch Universal Floppy Drive Cable

or - you need a regular newer type floppy cable, and an adapter (relatively rare) you plug into the contact strip on the drive that you can plug into the newer data cable. If you don't have any such thing, if there is a local place that sells parts for older computers, try looking there, or if you know someone who has parts for old computers, ask them, or buy it off the web.
If the 5 1/4 drive is connected by itself, the drive connects to the last connector connection on a 3 connector floppy cable, or in any case, the one after some of the wires in that cable are flipped over.

NOTE that really old MFM or RLL (pre IDE) hard drives use the same older type of 34 wire larger data cable connectors on their data cables, but different wires in the cable are flipped over, and that data cable won't work with 5 1/4 floppy drives. Most of those have two connectors on the data cable, rather than three.

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August 29, 2010 at 12:34:11
Some of the compaq cases make it hard to get to the drives so are you asking how to physically get it in the case? With some of them you have to pull out the front panel which is connected to the drive bracket. I couldn't find a picture of that particular model so don't know if that's the case.

Otherwise it'll fit in any 5 1/4" bay that are usually now used for cdroms. You shouldn't need a kit--just the screws to hold it.

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August 29, 2010 at 14:11:02
One more time in english....

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August 29, 2010 at 20:03:13
Compaq Presario 5900T Desktop PC (main support page)

Maintenance and Service Guide - Presario 7800 and 5900T series

Install the 5 1/4 drive in one of the 5 1/4 bays below the optical drive.

If you connect both the 3 1/2" and 5 1/4" floppy drives, you'll need a "universal" floppy data cable that has both the older and newer drive connectors.
Whatever drive you want to be A must be on a connector on the end of the data cable, after the flipped wires in the cable.

More info.

Parts for this series:

Choose the nine character product number that's on a label on the outside of your Presario case somewhere.

Several mboards were used.

There may be a camera icon on the left of the listing for your mboard -
PC Board - motherboard - if so, click on it to see a picture of your mboard.

Quick Reference Guide: (for a 5900T with one of the possible mboards)
(copy this line into your browser Address or similar line)

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