Floppy Drives for Laptops
I have a ThinkPad R51 series, and I also have a Dell Inspiron 3500. The
Dell has a floppy drive with it, which can either be used in its Media Bay,
or it can be connected to the printer port by a special cable. Either way,
it decodes as drive A:. I've often thought of trying to hook the Dell drive
up to the ThinkPad, but I've been afraid to try it, afraid that it'll let
magic the smoke out of something important. Has anyone here had any
experience with doing this? Thanks!
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On 18.10.11 18:32, Tom Rutherford wrote:
> Hi, All.
> I have a ThinkPad R51 series, and I also have a Dell Inspiron 3500. The
> Dell has a floppy drive with it, which can either be used in its Media Bay,
> or it can be connected to the printer port by a special cable. Either way,
> it decodes as drive A:. I've often thought of trying to hook the Dell drive
> up to the ThinkPad, but I've been afraid to try it, afraid that it'll let
> magic the smoke out of something important. Has anyone here had any
> experience with doing this? Thanks!
Connecting a floppy drive via parallel port sounds somewhat unusual and
I'd be surprised if the media bays of IBM and Dell are compatible - if
in doubt but nevertheless in need of a floppy drive I'd recommend
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I have a 5 yr old Compaq laptop with a malfunctioning floppy drive.
The drive doesn't work, but it spins constatly, even when empty. This
is quite a drain on the battery and on CPU cyles, it seems, as it
slows down the machine.
The machine is otherwise still quite usable. Is it possible to
disconnect power to the drive (orphan it) and still use the machine?
I have looked through the setup options in the BIOS to see if there
was some way to just turn it off, but no luck.
Any help would be appreciated.
On Wed, 07 Jan 2004 00:30:34 GMT, Finbogey Jones <spams...Are Floppy Drives A Necessity On Laptops?
Does it make sense to order a laptop without a floppy drive? I never use
floppies anyway preferring portable USB flash memory storage.
Jim <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
: Does it make sense to order a laptop without a floppy drive? I never use
: floppies anyway preferring portable USB flash memory storage.
Sounds like having a floppy won't be a necessity for you. If it ever
becomes so, you can always buy a USB external floppy drive.
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I have a Toshiba T2100 but the floppy drive is broke. Can I put in a
standard 'PC type' floppy as a replacement? In fact how do you
disassemble the T2100 as I can't figure out how to take it to peices?
regards Steve Jarvis
No, you can't use a generic replacement. You will need to use a laptop
floppy, and probably the exact model used by Toshiba in the T2100 (good
luck). But you might find some other laptop floppy drives that will
work and fit. Laptop floppy drives are very thin, less than a half-inch
> I have a Toshiba T2100 but the floppy drive is broke. Can I put in a
> standard 'PC type' floppy as a replacement? In fact how do you
> disassemble the T2100 as I can't figure out how to take it to peices?
> regards Steve Jarvis
Back in the 80's most laptop floppies didn't use one of the voltages
(12V or 5V). I don't know if this is still true or not today?
"Barry Watzman" <WatzmanNOSPAM@neo.rr.com> wrote in message
> No, you can't use a generic replacement. You will need to use a
> laptop floppy, and probably the exact model used by Toshiba in the
> T2100 (good luck). But you might find some other laptop floppy
> drives that will work and fit. Laptop floppy drives are very thin,
> less than a half-inch thick.
> steve wrote:
>> I have a Toshiba T2...Ext. floppy drive for laptop
I have a Dell floppy drive module for Dell Laptop, the parallel port type.
I want to use the drive on another laptop (Asus) which also has a parallel
port. How do i set it up? TIA
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I have a laptop with a floppy drive ( pentium, 32 M main memory, 1GB
Today, pccards are available with 1 and 2 Gbyte, ( CF card and
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Would it be possible to copy the iso file to a CF card, and use this
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What should be done with the FAT file system that CF cards use
What device files uses minix3 for pc cards, and does the boot floppy
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> I have a laptop with a floppy drive ( pentium, 32 M main memory, 1GB
...Replacing Thinkpad A20M Floppy Drive
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Thanks very much in advance.
Rick Barnes wrote:
> Can anyone give a brief rundown on how to replace the floppy drive on
> my A20M, and/or where i can find the manual for doing so on IBM's
_Hint:_ If you are unable to find the Hardware Maintenance Manual for your
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Hi Guys and Guyesses,
I have an old Toshiba 730CDT and I've just acquired a docking station
Now, the laptop has a CD but no floppy disk drive but the docking
station has space for one and I wondered if I would need to get a
specific drive for it or if just any old floppy drive would do.
Whereas On 28 Sep 2003 06:50:24 -0700,
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, I thus relpy:
>Hi Guys and Guyesses,
>I have an old Toshiba 730CDT and I've just acquired a docking station
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I am getting a Panasonic Toughbook R1 this Friday, and am going to try to
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I am fairly inexperienced, but as far as I can tell, it can be done without
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I looked around at Linux.org and found the following HOWTO:
Part 6.1.-- BOOTP or DHCP capable NICs is the part that makes me think that
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The only problem is that the guide gives very little detail on how to
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Mingo <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I am fairly inexperienced, but as far as I can tell, it can be done without
> floppies or CDs...
If your laptop has an internal network card and can boot from network,
you should be able to setup a remote installation server, otherwise a
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Bill Bagot <email@example.com> wrote:
> I acquired a MAC SE with a 1.4 meg floppy drive. Previously I only
> had a Plus with an 800K floppy drive. When I tried to format one of
> my old disks, it still only had 800K. Did the 1.4 meg floppy drives
> use special disks? Or am I doing something wrong?
I have a TP 760E with an internal floppy drive.
Is it possible to swap out the floppy drive and put in an internal CD drive?
Is seems like it should be possible - but how do you remove the piece of
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zztop8970 <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I have a TP 760E with an internal floppy drive.
> Is it possible to swap out the floppy drive and put in an internal CD
> drive? Is seems like it should be possible - but how do you remove
> the piece of pastic from the front of ththe laptop casing ?
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I have an older thinkpad that I would like to install redhat on. It
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changed teh boot order)
I do have a little converter that will allow me to connect my laptop
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install it that way or does it need to be located on the target
Also, it's possible that the CDROM drive isn't as lame as i think it
is, it may just need a driver, do you have any suggestions?
The laptop currently has win2k pro installed, can I install redhat from
windows? Sounds crazy, but maybe that is something that I could try?
I'm new to all of this and could use any pointers that you may have.
> I do have a little converter that will allow me to connect my laptop
> HDD to my PC. With that said, is there anything that I can do to
> install it that way or does it need to be located on the target
.... you can install to any drive, as long as it's seen
> Also, it's possible that the CDROM drive isn't as lame as i think it
> is, it may just need a driver, do you have any suggestions?
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sure the BIOS is set correctly
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2). For win 98 load the CAB files to your drive and install it back
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Pete Riley <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:<1acZb.474$GX6.email@example.com>...
> I was wondering whether I could pull the 2.5 drive out of an IBM
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> desktop system and install a full XP (or 98 or 2000) OS on it, then
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