Drivers for floppy disc

Intel / Awrdacpi
April 9, 2010 at 21:16:49
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7, 3.093 GHz / 1023 MB
I installed the A Drive, (floppy disc) in my new computer that runs Win 7, it worked fine in my XP that I had but win 7 is not installing drivers to make it work. Is there a driver I can get that makes it work?

I tried the drivers from my old computer but they will not work!

jmarksbery


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#1
April 9, 2010 at 21:35:17
You shouldn't need drivers. You say you tried drivers from your old computer but they didn't work. Floppy drive drivers? Where did you get them?

Are you sure the floppy controller is enabled in cmos/bios setup? Are you sure it's properly identified there too?

Are you sure it's correctly connected--both data and power cables?

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#2
April 9, 2010 at 21:42:55
Oh yeah, it is connected correctly, not sure about the bios! I am new to win 7, I am not sure how to enter those settings

jmarksbery


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#3
April 9, 2010 at 21:48:46
Is it the same motherboard as before? If so, unless you changed things in cmos the settings should be the same. Otherwise you should probably check the motherboard manual, but setting up the floppy drive should be fairly straight-forward.

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


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#4
April 9, 2010 at 21:55:07
No, the win 7 is a new computer, but it had all the plugs for the floppy drive. The old one blew up.
I am trying to recover some pictures of my recently passed away wife that are on floppies or I wouldn't care

jmarksbery


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#5
April 9, 2010 at 23:22:41
Usually floppy drives are connected such that a single drive is attached to the end connector after the 7-wire twist. A second drive, if attached, would be on the middle connection before the twist.

Usually cables are keyed so they can only be attached one way. But if not, note the cable has a red stripe along one edge. That side connects to the # 1 pin side of the connector on both the drive and motherboard.

Do you get any floppy errors on the posting screen when you first boot up? Does windows 7 show any problems with hardware in device manager?

As far as I know, windows 7 won't have any problem with a 1.44 floppy drive. So verify it's connected and id'd properly, check windows device manager for possible problems and consult the manual if you're unsure how to set up the cmos.

Be careful with the disk. A bad drive or other problem can ruin a disk. Best to experiment with another disk until you're sure it's working OK.

If for some reason you can't get it to work you might even consider buying an older PC with an already functioning floppy. Or, some digital photo shops can make prints from photo files on floppy disks.

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


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#6
April 10, 2010 at 10:31:33
The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)
There is no driver selected for the device information set or element.
To find a driver for this device, click Update Driver.
The above is what it states in device manager and list it an unknown device. In the bios settings it's listed as off, I think?

jmarksbery


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#7
April 10, 2010 at 11:01:52
If you get stuck, you could buy a USB floppy drive.


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#8
April 10, 2010 at 11:02:11
OK, I got the floppy drive working, I went into setup and it was listed as USB which I reset to Internal and fixed that. However there is something else that is showing the above message and I have NO idea what that is! I deleted it out but it returns on reboot.

jmarksbery


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#9
April 10, 2010 at 11:29:29
It's probably some other hardware that windows 7 didn't have drivers for in its initial setup. Try going to the support page for the system ( if it's a Dell, HP or similar) or the motherboard manufacturer's site and look for windows 7 downloads.

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


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#10
April 10, 2010 at 11:53:22
I have no clue what the device is, everything seems to be OK and I can't figure out what it is!

jmarksbery


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#11
April 10, 2010 at 16:34:24
Just see what downloads are available for it. Any drivers provided on the support site will usually be for hardware that the OS can't set up, either because of drivers or driver configuration. You don't necessarily need to know what it is, although that's certainly helpful.

It could also be hardware--usually a card--that you've added. The drivers for that would be on the site of the hardware provider.

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


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#12
April 11, 2010 at 16:09:04
I am thinking same as Dave.

Way back when they used to have some combo drives that needed a driver, or some of the Iomega ones did. But only other thing is the floppy drive is sometimes referred to as a removable In/Out device in CMOS.

No drivers required if all done in CMOS.

Wm.


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#13
April 12, 2010 at 01:03:05
Not sure about 7, but with xp if you look at the advanced
properties of the unknown device, you might see Vendor ID.

You might get an idea of what it is, if you check this link

http://www.pcidatabase.com/


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#14
April 12, 2010 at 09:48:58
Thanks guys,
Dell says to not worry about it, that it is a 32 bit power saver they put in, should you ever want to change back from a 62 bit version. Duh!

jmarksbery


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