General failed readings


Access to my floppy drive quit after installing a new USB2.0 card for a new printer. Before then, it had been skipping and hard to open a disc file. I have since replaced the drive with a new drive and still have no access.

I removed the USB card to restore to original state, but cannot access the floppy A:

The CMOS setup was checked and intact(replaced the battery, restore BIOS settings).

I removed the drivers from the system and also in the CMOS setup; then reinstalled.

The Device Manager indicates properly functioning device; no conflicts.

The LED blinks on boot up (boot sequence is SCSI, A,C) but no blink on access attempt.

When I attempt to access the drive with a disc inserted, the error message returned reads "A:\ not ready, insert a disc.."

Before I take it into a tech, what is the liklihood the ribbon cable is bad? The controller on the motherboard? Literature indicates these are inexpensive to replace. What is the ballpark figure?

Thank you for any assistance you may have



This question was answered on January 31, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Check the power supply line going into driveA or it could be your ribbion

the cost for the ribbion is about 5 to 10 dollars

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Posted by linda of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on January 31, 2003