Help with non working fdd

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I need a bit of help with a problem on a new build. I have put together a P4 skt 478 PC with a GA-8IDML board.

All works fine except the floppy driver, as soon as I turn the PC on the fdd light comes on and stays on. When I try a disc in the drive I get a message saying plse insert a disc.

Does anyone have any ideas why the fdd is not working. I have tried a couple of other fdd and get the same result.
I have loaded the optomised bios settings and again no joy.
I have also re-installed the drivers
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Have you tried flipping the cable around?
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Yup, that little 'ide-like' cable, when flipped upside down, can cause that exact problem. :) Listen to the wise'n'mighty Grinch.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I will try but it should only fit one way as per the groove.

Here goes.

It did work, but that is strange as the slot on the back of the fdd only lets the cable fit in one way - the wrong way.

So I used a different fdd without the fitting around the pins that dictates the way it fits, and it works fine now, curious!

Ps any ideas why I don't get a POST sound, even though speaker works?

Many thanks for help.
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Thanks for help, strangely it did work despite the fittings on the back of the fdd dictating the wrong way round to connect.

Just while I have you all here, any ideas why I don't get POST sound on start up, even though speaker works, and PC seems to work ok?
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Check your BIOS settings, it may be diosabled in there somewhere.
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Any idea which bit of the BIOS settings?
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Not really as every BIOS is slightly different.
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A FDD error will not create a POST beep. POST beeps are only for errors that prevent the computer from starting.

If you are talking about just the single "everything is ok" beep when the computer starts, not all computers do that. One of my systems doesn't even give POST error beeps, it has 8 LEDS which light up to tell you what error code it is in binary.
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Thanks for reply, I guess I will have to wait and see. It did give a single POST bleep when I first started it, but remains stubbornly silent now.

However I guess if PC works it is nothing to worry about, if it did not POST and not start then I would have a problem.

FDD is working fine now and I dont think it is anything to do with that.

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