From: Wesley Darlington (wesley at domain yelsew.com)
Date: Thu 27 May 1999 - 17:30:54 IST
On Thu, May 27, 1999 at 05:18:02PM +0100, Owen Kelly wrote:
> I have an old 486 I got for 30 quid and Im trying to set up Linux on
> it. The BIOS is reporting that the FDC controller is dead. Im thinking
> its either that or the lead. Does anyone have an old FDC/HDD controller
> lying around with cables they want to donate?
Probably completely off the wall, but I seem to recall that
cables to the floppy disk drives can be the wrong way around.
If you plug the disk end into the motherboard, things don't
work. Also, if the sockets/leads aren't keyed, one can get
_that_ wrong too. Anyway, try different orientations of the
floppy cable. Try disconnecting the floppy cable.
PS. I'm assuming that FDC stands for `floppy disk controller'.
PPS. I don't think I've ever seen a floppy disk controller that
wasn't built into the motherboard. (Well, not on anything more
recent than a 386, anyway - thinks back to IBM PCs, XTs and
even the Apple ][. Mmmmmm, Apple ][. ;-)
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