5.25 floppies that read but don't write

drlegendre . drlegendre at gmail.com
Tue Aug 18 23:22:01 CDT 2015

If reads go fine all around, but nothing will write, I'd be concerned that
the write electronics (write amp, etc.) might be defective.

But try Will'm D's suggestions, before taking that line, of course..

On Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 11:12 PM, william degnan <billdegnan at gmail.com>

> Try swapping both a and b drives.  Try with only 5 1/4" plugged in to a and
> then again to b.   Makes a difference?
> Specify make and model of motherboard, drives.  Describe cable.  Describe
> ROM settings.
> Bill Degnan
> twitter: billdeg
> vintagecomputer.net
> I have connected a 1.2M 5.25" floppy to my computer. After a bit of jumper
> learning and setting, it's recognized and reads my old DD and HD floppies
> fine. But for the life of me I cannot write to it. Not under DOS, Win98, or
> WindowsXP. Which all read fine.
> But can't add a file. It goes through to the motions and makes the noise,
> heads moves as if everything went fine, but if I take the disk out and put
> it back in, the file is not there.
> I can't format either. Fails after a while on the above OS'es with
> different
> error messages without the head moving past track 0, suggesting it can't
> even read back the first track it's trying to format. Formatting from
> ImageDisk or OmniDisk looks like it works (head goes through the motions
> over the whole disk). But nothing seems to be written on the disk: neither
> utility can read the formatting back. Both HD and DD.
> On the same cable there is a 3.5" A: drive which reads and writes fine.
> Can't be the controller since it works on the 3.5" drive? The cable maybe?
> I
> tried several. Anyone has had this happened ever? Time to bring out the
> o'scope?

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