I am currently trying to mount a 3.5'' floppy disk drive in a modern computer. What I did is that I bought a 34-pin floppy drive connector to external USB adapter so that I can connect it to my modern motherboard using a 4 pins internal USB to external USB adapter.
The floppy drive works well, I can write and read floppy disks under Linux Mint.
So I tried to write a few OSes to floppies to try to boot on (the floppy drive can be booted on via the USB adapter). Writing the OS images to the floppies works fine, and I can boot on them. But each time I boot on one of them, the OS doesn't seem to load. It usually prints out the OS name on screen, and then it locks, seemingly loading indefinitely. And while it's stuck, the floppy drive doesn't make a sound and its LED stays turned off.
Here are the OSes I tried:
- The All In One Boot Floppy (http://schierlm.users.sourceforge.net/bootdisk/);
- MS-DOS 6.22;
- fdlinux (http://www.fdlinux.com/) (Got Err=1 Message).
Here are my computer's specs:
- Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt
- Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K
- RAM: 8 Gb
- Operating System: Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon 64bit;
- Floppy Drive: Alps Electric Co., LTD. DF354H(121G) (Not sure if that's the model reference);
- Floppy Drive USB Adapter: TEAC USB UF000x (This is the how it's named in the BIOS/UEFI) (34pin floppy connector to USB adapter cable).
Has anyone already encountered this problem? Does it come from my floppy drive, the USB adapter or the OSes?