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alzaeem

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Do i need a floppy drive??
« on: 08-September-05, 17:13:26 »

I am building my first rig with an MSI neo4 plainum SLI mobo, and i am wondering if i really need a foppy drive, i mean is it a must for stuff like BIOS flashing?? is there anything that has to be done with a floppy drive??

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« Reply #1 on: 08-September-05, 17:35:35 »
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  • No, you don't need a floppy drive....except if you need to load extra drivers during install of Windows - the dreaded 'push F6 if you need to install other drivers.'  If you DO need to install other drivers that are not part of the Windows installation CD Windows will look on the 'A' drive and, to my experience, ONLY on the 'A' drive for these.  So, a floppy is required in this situation.  Extra drivers are those needed for RAID controllers such as the Silicon Image 3132 Soft RAID controller on the MSI7100 board (K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI).  There may be ways to make the motherboard recognize the USB system as the 'A' drive and use a USB memory device but I have never had any sucess with these.

    As far as BIOS upgrades are concerned, you don't need a floppy (and you DON'T EVER WANT TO USE LIVE UPDATE FOR YOUR BIOS!!! see stickies above).  You can use a bootable USB drive or a bootable CD drive (that's what I use).

    Hope this helps.

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    « Reply #2 on: 08-September-05, 17:36:04 »
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  • hello alzaeem

    No you dont really need a floppy drive , but like you said "flashing the bios etc " ,one does come in handy and they are cheep enough not to really worry about the cost.
    I would buy one.
     Hope this helps. :biggthumbsup:
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    « Reply #3 on: 08-September-05, 17:47:12 »
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  • They're so cheap that I'd put one in. Of course, you coud just connect it when you have to have one.
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    « Reply #4 on: 09-September-05, 15:38:30 »

    I dont want it coz the Floppy data cable is large and a floppy drive will definetly mess up the looks of my case's front panel, now i am not going to make a RAID array, soo i guess i wont need to install the RAID drivers that came on floppys, right??

    also i have plugged my SATA2 drive in SATA port 1, now do i need to disable the other SATA ports that i am not using??
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    « Reply #5 on: 09-September-05, 16:11:53 »
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  • If you flash the bios and use a floppy, you can always do it as a temporary set-up. Just open the side and connect it to the board when you have to do so.
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    « Reply #6 on: 09-September-05, 16:40:40 »

    This is what i will do:
    Install Windows on a new Hard disk(no RAID of anykind), flash the BIOS, upgrade the drivers for all the hardware like GPU, etc.
    U told me these taks dont require a floppy drive, and after this i will never need a floppy drive for personal uses, so there is no point of buying a floppy drive. (correct me if i am wrong)
    thx

    ::EDIT:: and why shouldnt i use Liveupdate to fash the BIOS??
    « Last Edit: 09-September-05, 23:56:10 by alzaeem »
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