|If you don't have a conventional internal diskette (floppy) drive on your computer, if it's a Dell computer, the bios Setup has a setting where you must specfiy you do not have one installed, otherwise you get a false message about it, and your boot sequence halts. The default setting is it is installed. |
If you DO have a conventional internal diskette (floppy) drive on your computer, either
- you have a problem with the data cable connectors for it or the data cable itself
- one of the two connectors that connect to the floppy drive and the mboard floppy data header are installed backwards, in which case the led on the floppy drive is always on when the computer is running
- or - you have both connectors installed in the same direction but not on the right connectors - the floppy drive and the mboard header must connect to the end connectors on a 3 connector data cable
- or - you have a connection problem with the data cable itself - this is about IDE data cables but the same things apply to floppy data cables except they always have 34 wires:
It is common to un-intentionally damage IDE data cables, especially while removing them - the 80 wire ones are more likely to be damaged. What usually happens is the cable is ripped at either edge and the wires there are either damaged or severed, often right at a connector or under it's cable clamp there, where it's hard to see - if a wire is severed but it's ends are touching, the connection is intermittant, rather than being reliable.
Another common thing is for the data cable to be separated from the connector contacts a bit after you have removed a cable - there should be no gap between the data cable and the connector - if there is press the cable against the connector to eliminate the gap.
80 wire data cables are also easily damaged at either edge if the cable is sharply creased at a fold in the cable.
Try another data cable if in doubt.
- or - if there's nothing wrong with those things , the floppy drive's circuits have been damaged. That's usually caused by you not getting the power connector for the drive onto all 4 pins for it correctly.
You need to replace the floppy drive if you want to be able to use one.