Solved Will 5¼-inch floppy diskettes work on winxp pro?

November 5, 2013 at 09:46:01
Specs: winxp pro, 1.25
I have several 5541 floppy drives that came from a 64, I am thinking they will work on win 98, the floppy disks are 360 kb because they only have one notch on them?
Will this work on 98

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November 11, 2013 at 19:45:35
Yeah, I was wondering that too.

Not sure what you mean by 5541 drives from a 64 or do you mean model 1541 drives from a commodore 64? Those were single side floppy drives meaning they could only read one side of the disk. The notch in the side of 5.25 disks enabled it to be written to--it didn't designate a low or high density disk. If you covered the notch with tape you made it read-only. With single sided disks you could usually flip them over and use the other side. In that case you had to make a notch in the other side of the disk in order to write to it.

Most of the time you could write to both sides of a single sided disk but the manufacturer only guaranteed one side to be good.

High and low density disks looked exactly alike except low density ones had a colored ring around their center hub. Sometimes you could format a low density disk to a high density format but that wasn't a good idea as they often lost their format.

I don't know if XP will work with any 5.25 drive. I know XP is only supposed to be able to format 1.44 disks but the XP format command has the f:size option to format to other densities. If XP can work with those older disks I know they won't be able to read the commodore format on them so you'd have to format them and reuse them as blank.

I'm not sure what else, if anything, you're asking about.



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November 5, 2013 at 09:53:04
WIN95 Installed on a Pentium computer--Here while back I did manage to install win95 on my hp computer,
I had to configure the hard drive for 95, then adjust the ram for only 512 mb.
Then there is a program that I had to use called Fix95cpu, it will let the processor work with the 95 program, the patch can be downloaded. Although I did get the program to work, I could not get it to hook up on the internet------CurtisFritz

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November 5, 2013 at 09:56:33
did you try reinstalling the mouse and what about the driver, is it compatible with the mouse-----CFritz
the older computers mouse was hooked to a serial port, not a usb or other type of plug in and maybe you have it on the wrong com port------------------

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November 11, 2013 at 18:17:20
CurtisFritz... how come you are answering your own post or are you making a statement? You could have combined the whole lot into one post by using the "edit" function.

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November 11, 2013 at 19:45:35
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Yeah, I was wondering that too.

Not sure what you mean by 5541 drives from a 64 or do you mean model 1541 drives from a commodore 64? Those were single side floppy drives meaning they could only read one side of the disk. The notch in the side of 5.25 disks enabled it to be written to--it didn't designate a low or high density disk. If you covered the notch with tape you made it read-only. With single sided disks you could usually flip them over and use the other side. In that case you had to make a notch in the other side of the disk in order to write to it.

Most of the time you could write to both sides of a single sided disk but the manufacturer only guaranteed one side to be good.

High and low density disks looked exactly alike except low density ones had a colored ring around their center hub. Sometimes you could format a low density disk to a high density format but that wasn't a good idea as they often lost their format.

I don't know if XP will work with any 5.25 drive. I know XP is only supposed to be able to format 1.44 disks but the XP format command has the f:size option to format to other densities. If XP can work with those older disks I know they won't be able to read the commodore format on them so you'd have to format them and reuse them as blank.

I'm not sure what else, if anything, you're asking about.


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November 12, 2013 at 10:36:28
Your floppy drive must be able to read/ write the density of the disk. The old format should not matter, although you may need a third party utility to format the disks.

See the section in the link below on 5 1/4" floppy disks.

What can you use 360Kb floppies for? Even the 1.2Mb are too small for most uses. Most modern computer floppy controllers will not even configure 5 1/4 floppy drives.

You are asking about using these with Win98?


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#6
November 13, 2013 at 17:00:08
Possibly this would be a dos command line event too?

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