win98 -at boot 'floppy disk[s] fail [40] '.

Microsoft Windows xp home edition with s...
September 12, 2011 at 09:17:42
Specs: Windows 98, emachines
win98 message at boot 'floppy disk[s] failed [40]'.
in power management setup error message is 'floppy dish disabled'.
please help.
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#1
September 12, 2011 at 19:03:35
Make sure the floppy controller is enabled in cmos/bios setup. Make sure the drive is properly identified there--probably a 1.44. Make sure the cable is in good condition and tightly connected. Make sure it's properly connected--the red-striped edge of the cable connects to the # 1 pin side of both the drive and motherboard connector.

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#2
September 12, 2011 at 23:36:40
Floppy disk fail (40) is an error indicating that you have your BIOS set to the wrong floppy type than the floppy drive that you have. Change it to match and the error will go away. Change either the BIOS settings or the drive itself.

I use this error to weed out the 1.2 meg 5.25 drives from my 360K 5.25 drives - it never fails to indicate the incorrect drive setting. That is what it is for.

Lee


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#3
September 13, 2011 at 04:48:54
thanks dave,
which side is the #1 pin on ?
how can i tell the #1 pin?

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#4
September 13, 2011 at 05:43:40
If the floppy cable is connected wrong, the LED on the floppy drive will light up & stay lit. If that's not happening, the cable is probably connected correctly & your BIOS settings are wrong.

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#5
September 13, 2011 at 18:47:30
Look closely at both edges of the cable. One edge will have a red stripe running the length of the cable. That side connects to the # 1 pin side of the connectors. Also, the cable may have one of the holes filled in to match a missing pin on the motherboard and drive connections. That will be toward the # 1 pin side also. But if yours is that way then it'll only connect one-way anyway.

As mentioned above, the cable is likely connected OK but since you didn't give any history of what happened to it I thought it best to list all the possibilities.


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#6
September 13, 2011 at 23:50:45
The pin header on the drive itself and motherboard will often have a 1 and 2 on one side and 33 and 34 on the other to let you know which side the red stripe should go to. Those numbers will be on the circuit board so small you may not notice them at first.

With my aging eyesight, I'll often take a marker and wipe a nice dark line on the drive's case at the #1 side so it's no brainer from then on.

Lee


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