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Old 06 January 2009, 21:18   #1
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floppy df0 working / not working

Hi fella's,
Hope you all had a good xmas and new year and all that and everything.Here's my prob and it's a weird one.My A1200 has a hard drive,catweasel ,zip drive and internal floppy.If I boot from floppy df0: the floppy drive works as well as it always has BUT if I boot from hard drive the floppy simply is'nt recognised when the workbench is displayed.Inserting a floppy into the drive does'nt raise so much as a whimper.When booting , "floppy seek" causes the floppy to click 3 times,pause and click 3 times again.I have looked at the S drawer (user startup and shell startup but I can find no entry for df0: and so I dont know how to proceed any further.Any help would be greatly appreciated - thanks in advance
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Old 06 January 2009, 21:56   #2
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Sounds to me like it's the switch that detects a floppy disk being present. It's probably dirty and needs a clean. If you insert a disk and then type "diskchange df0:" into a CLI does it help?

When booting the switch sounds like it's stuck and the Amiga thinks there is a disk. It tries to read the "imaginary" disk with no luck and gives up. Later when you put a real disk in the drive the change is not detected and the Amiga takes no notice.
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Old 07 January 2009, 03:56   #3
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I agree with musashi5150, just crack open the floppy unit and do a clean on the switch. It is the outer one of the two on the read-protection tab side.
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Old 07 January 2009, 10:11   #4
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I had this problem long ago. Easiest way is sticker on center/circle of disk. Put sticker, insert disk, wait some seconds and eject floppy. You will find a lot of dirt on sticker and your drive will work now.
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