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Installing a 1.44mb 3 1/2 floppy drive

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Ok, I know this should be simple, but for some reason its a big headache.  I want to install a 1.44mb 3 1/2 inch drive on this p100 I got.  I got  it to the point that the drive lights up when I turn the cpu on, but it stays lit and doesnt turn off, and the cpu doesnt recognize the drive.  I got the floppy cable and made sure that the red side is attached to the pin 1 of the drive. but I can seem to get it to work.
I updated the cmos also.
ps, i just bought the drive and cables, its a hival 31/2.
Any clues?
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If the light goes on and stays on there are two possibilities:

1) The drive is bad (probably unlikely)
2) The cable is reversed (my vote is that this is the problem) You can't always judge by the "red" marker and so many of these cables are made wrong.  You can't damage a 3.5" drive by putting the cable on backwards (except that if there is a disk in the drive it will be erased) so reverse the cable and try it.  Be sure, however, that there isn't a plugged hole in the connector or other physical key which prevent the cable from being plugged in.
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thanks a lot jhance,  the thing that got me was the disk i put was bad, i did not know that it would get damaged by putting the cable in the wrong way,  it works know.

Just wondering,  have you installed an ultra dma ide card for the new hard drives yet?

thanks for you help,
arthur
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