Floppy drive A doesn't read


Old 12-17-01, 12:28 PM
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Floppy drive A doesn't read

My computer recently developed a problem where I can't access the floppy drive...the floppy light goes on but it doesn't read or write too any diskette. I tried reloading the driver for the drive but it still acts the same. Can you tell me of any way I can test this to see if it's a software or hardware problem.
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Old 12-18-01, 02:49 AM
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Hello papa22,
If the light is working and it doesn't give you an immediate error...but waits approximately 5 seconds before giving you a "read error" then it sounds like it is trying to read the floppy. This tells me that it isn't a software problem, but rather a hardware (floppy drive) problem.
Instead of replacing the floppy drive. First, get a flashlight and try gently cleaning the read/record heads of the drive by opening the door and extending a long wooden cotton swab (dampened with alcohol) towards the back where the heads are. There are 2, one above the other. This should remedy the problem.
Good Luck!
Old 12-18-01, 03:17 PM
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Thank you sooo much lucman2. Your recommendations were "correct"! It started working immediately after I cleaned the heads. This is an awesome site. Thanks again lucman2...... for your technical expertise.
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