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Floppy drives stopped working in IIGS

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I have recently installed and initialized an external mass storage drive for my Apple IIGS and installed System 6.0.1 on it. I had been able to access floppies just fine from within GSOS booted from the hard drive. But I had noticed that the 5.25 wasn't working, and then I noticed that the second floppy wasn't working. I rebooted and messed with the slots and set the startup slot to 5, and it seems I am able to boot from the bottom floppy, but when I boot back up from the hard drive even this floppy is not showing up on the desktop when I insert one. I am wondering if it is possible that my slot configuration is wrong or something.

 

Also I am unable to boot from my 5.25, which I was able to do before.

 

I have checked and the drivers are there for the 3.5 and 5.25 drives in GSOS on the hard drive.

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OK, so now I am able to access both 3.5 drives from GS/OS and boot from them as well. However, my 5.25 drive is not working at all. I have tried even plugging just that one in. I had another very rusty looking one lying around, I tried that one and it didn't work either. When I power on the machine there is this tiny, extremely brief flash from the red light ont he 5.25 drive, and when I turn the computer off there is another one that is slightly brighter. But there is no indication that the GS is even trying to read from this drive. Could it be a hardware failure? I am still thinking this is a misconfiguration issue, because nothing has really changed hardware-wise. The 5.25 drive was just plugged in this whole time and the only thing I was changing was the slots and the startup slot. The 5.25 drive was working fine before and I have booted up oregon trial plenty of times and played it.

 

This is really making me sad because I have a ton of software on 5.25 disks. I really want this to work.

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Which 5.25" drive are you using? If they are the beige/platinum units, they need to be LAST on the drive daisy chain behind the 3.5" drives. Slot 6 needs to be set to "Disk Port". If you are using Disk ][ drives and a Disk ][ controller in Slot 6, set it to "Your Card".

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