ASUS A8V second floppy


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Charlie

Hi all,

Last March I built a computer using an ASUS A8V Deluxe motherboard and an
AMD Athlon 64 3200+

processor. The system has worked well since. Yesterday, I decided to add a
second floppy drive

(5.25") but the computer doesn't detect it. The BIOS setup program only
allows you to set up what

it calls "Legacy Diskette A". Windows doesn't detect it either. A quick
search on Google came up

with someone saying that some motherboards don't support a second floppy.
Can anyone here confirm

that the ASUS A8V does or does not support a second floppy?

Specifications:

Case: Kingwin KT-424-S Aluminum Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Antec TruePower 430W
Motherboard: Asus A8V Deluxe Via K8T800Pro
5 PCI slots, 1 AGP 8x/4x slot, 1 Parallel Port, 2 Serial Ports
Joystick/MIDI port
Audio: Onboard, Realtek ALC850 8-channel CODEC S/PDIF out support
LAN: Onboard, Marvell 88E8001 Gigabit Ethernet controller
IEEE 1394: Onboard, 2 ports - VIA VT6307 IEEE 1394 (Firewire)
USB: Onboard, 8 ports - USB 2.0
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Socket 939 Winchester
Memory: Kingston KVR400X64C3AK2/1G 1GB Kit (2 modules) DDR400 PC3200
Graphics: ATI Radeon 9600 XT 128MB DDR 8X AGP Card TVOUT+DVI+CRT
Hard Drive: Western Digital 160 GB 7200 RPM 8 MB Cache
DVD/CD: (old) Pioneer DVR-105 DVD-Recordable/ReWritable ATAPI Drive
Write: DVD-R (4x, 2x, 1x), DVD-RW (2x & 1x), CD-R (16x)
Read: DVD (6x), CD (24x)
3.5" Floppy Drive: (old)

OS: Windows XP Professional SP2

Thanks,

Charlie
 
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Andy

Hi all,

Last March I built a computer using an ASUS A8V Deluxe motherboard and an
AMD Athlon 64 3200+

processor. The system has worked well since. Yesterday, I decided to add a
second floppy drive

(5.25") but the computer doesn't detect it. The BIOS setup program only
allows you to set up what

it calls "Legacy Diskette A". Windows doesn't detect it either. A quick
search on Google came up

with someone saying that some motherboards don't support a second floppy.
Can anyone here confirm

that the ASUS A8V does or does not support a second floppy?

If the motherboard supports a second floppy, there should be a place
in BIOS setup to allow you to set its type.
 
C

Charlie

Henri Tapani Heinonen said:
Ugh. How awful!

But, hopefully, it isn't true. At least this
http://uk.giga-byte.com/MotherBoard/Products/Products_Spec_GA-8I955X Royal.htm
motherboard should understand two floppy drives.

Have you tried two floppy drives on this motherboard? For my next purchase,
I am interested in finding out if any motherboards still supports two floppy
drives.
I just do not understand, what is the point not to support two floppy
drives.

I don't understand either. It seems it would take more effort and money to
redesign a chip to take out the second floppy support than to just leave it
alone. Also by removing the support you risk losing customers.

Charlie
 
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Henri Tapani Heinonen

Charlie said:
Have you tried two floppy drives on this motherboard? For my next
purchase, I am interested in finding out if any motherboards still
supports two floppy drives.

No, I have not, but I have been reading the manual
(http://america.giga-byte.com/MotherBoard/FileList/Manual/manual_8i955xroyal_1103_e.pdf).
See the page 10: "FDD Connections 1 FDD connection, allows connection of
2 FDD devices". I also asked technical support a question about the floppy
drives it does support. If I understand them correctly, the motherboard does
support the following floppy drives: 360 kB (5.25"), 720 kB (3.5"), 1.2 MB
(5.25"), 1.44 MB (3.5") and 2.88 MB (3.5"). :)

Yours sincerely, Henri Heinonen.
 
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