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Section - 3.3.3.4 PCMCIA, the floppy drive, and getting it to work

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[C] Have you tried installing Compaq's Softpaq 1350 yet?  Here's a blurb
from Compaq's website:

   1.Flash upgrade the firmware to 071995 or later. 
   2.Remove any "Standard Floppy Controller" from Device Manager. 
   3.The only driver that should be listed is "Compaq PCMCIA Floppy
Controller." 
   4.Select "Compaq PCMCIA Floppy Controller" and press the Properties 
button. 
   5.Select the Resources tab, and press Set Configuration Manually. 
   6.Press Change Settings then Press OK on the error message that appears. 
   7.Make sure that Use Automatic Settings is NOT enabled 
   8.Press OK on the Resource tab window 
   9.Note: The configuration for the floppy controller in Device Manager
should now be:

     I/O range: 03F0 - 03F5
     I/O range: 03F7 - 03F7
     Int. Req: 06 
  10.Install the latest Compaq Portable Supplemental Programs for
Windows 95 
  11.Install the patch in softpaq file SP1350.EXE (Only necessary with
the 01XXX floppy drive)
Evelyn Lee


[C]Date: Sat, 25 Oct 1997 04:30:42 +0100
From: Martin Ziessler <khafendo@ix.urz.uni-heidelberg.de>
Subject: Hot-pluggable Floppy Drive in Win 95  [Was:  Win95 Minor Glitch]

Marc,

yours is a problem that has been discussed here before.  Here is an excerpt
of what I posted earlier to a similar inquiry.  Don't know if it's in the
FAQ yet:

I.  Here is how to get the FDD working.  I had some problems with the FAQ,
too, and I think it's missing an important step or two.  First of all, I
wouldn't be concerned about the Compaq PCMCIA Controller (which is in
Device Manager, under the PCMCIA slot item--note that I have the German
version of Win 95, so some of the English designations I'm using may not be
accurate).  If you think you might have screwed up the Compaq PCMCIA
Controller settings already, it could be a good idea to simply delete it
and have Win 95 reinstall it automatically on reboot.  Secondly, I'm
assuming that you have FDD problems only when you try to hot-plug the
drive.  Win 95 shouldn't have any problems with the drive when it is
plugged in at boot-up.  (If it does, please give more details of the
problem.)  Step 5 below should be the most important one for you.

1.  With the FDD plugged in, open the Control Panel/System/Device Manager.
You should see a "Floppy disk drive controller" item (or whatever it's
called).  Double-click on it.  It should display a "Compaq floppy disk
drive controller" (or the like).  Remove it by hitting the "Delete" button
or key.  Reboot.  Make sure the FDD is not plugged in while rebooting.

2.  When Win 95 is up, plug in the FDD.  Win 95 should automatically
detect the drive as new hardware and install the drivers.  Answer yes when
asked if you want to reboot.  Again, have the FDD unplugged while booting
up.

3.  When the system is up again, plug in the FDD.  You should hear a brief
grinding noise from the FDD.  Try if you are able to access the FDD.
Probably not.

Open the Device Manager.  (If you hit the "Refresh" button, the Compaq PC
Card (PCMCIA) Manager--if installed from sp1329--should pop up and report a
device conflict.)  You should see the FDD controller item, branching out
into the Compaq FDD controller, which will probably display a yellow
exclamation point, indicating an error.

4.  Double-click on the Compaq FDD controller to open it.  You should find
a few lines on the "General" tab saying that there is a resource conflict.
Also, the box at the bottom of the configuration window should be checked.

5.  Hit the Resource tab.  Press "Configure manually."  (I glean from your
question that you may have been this far already.)

Now press "OK."  That's right, without changing any settings (you can't,
anyway).  That's IT.  I found this apparently crucial step very confusing
when I first upgraded to Win 95.  Magically, the FDD will now be configured
automatically, once and for all.  You will hear the characteristic
double-beep, and the Compaq PC Card (PCMCIA) Manager will pop up (if
installed) and report that the FDD is properly configured.  The FDD is now
hot-pluggable.

6.  In addition, you may want to check the Resource tab again.  It should
report strange settings, but no conflicts.  Press "Configure manually."
Note that there are now four configuration settings, 0000 through 0003
available (where there used to be only one) in the little drop-down
window.

Also, the check box "Set automatically" should be available, but
unchecked.  If you check the box and reboot (but don't--never touch a
running system...:-}), you'll likely be back to the old problems.

Strangely, at least in my case, the bottom section of the Resource tab
indicates a device conflict at I/O address 03F0-03F7, supposedly used by
the Compaq IDE controller.  But I have not seen any problems.  The active
configuration setting is "0000."  Surprisingly, when I changed this to
0001, the device conflict message went away, but--the FDD again wouldn't
work!  (Settings 0002 and 0003 seem to be "out of service;"  0002 is the
same as 0000, and 0003 is the same as 0001.)

Hope this helps.

[C]Date: Sat, 11 Oct 1997 12:41:08 -0600 (MDT)
From: bgeer <bgeer@xmission.com>
Subject: Win95 upgrade inventory

This subject repeats quite often & I assume at least some of the
queryers know about the fine Aero FAQ & links at

        http://www.zenspider.com/~pwilk/aero_stuff.html

I haven't looked there recently to know if the Win96 upgrade info as
been updated, so here's the Win95 list of upgrades I used in January
1997.  Obviously there may be newer upgrade files available.  Other
than not yet having the 32-bit hibernation program, I'm quite
satisfied with the results.

What I used to upgrade to Win95:

    16 Megabyte RAM
   722 Megabyte hard drive - selected price/budget, not price/performance

   Compaq Aero upgrade software:
        384313 Dec 12  1996 sp1992.exe  ROM
        948622 Dec 12  1996 sp1329.exe  Win95 supplemental
         47529 Dec 12  1996 sp1350.exe  Diskette fix
       2370661 Dec 17  1996 sp2054.exe  Setup
       1277315 Dec 17  1996 sp2373.exe  Diagnostics/test
        103692 Dec 17  1996 sp2345.exe  Win95 kbd fix 
        863924 Dec 17  1996 sp1454.exe  Hard disk utility for crashed FAT
         41592 Dec 17  1996 sp2158.exe  LPT port utility

Notes:

Win95 ran ok with 12Mb, however I am installing Linux & a Web
server for portable presentation of a Web project my wife & I
are doing.  

I had to fiddle with the master/slave jumper on the drive to
make it work properly.  The jumper definitely was required.

The 722Mb disk arrived already formatted.  I unformatted it
using fdisk to delete the partition.  Only then did the Compaq
setup program do "the right thing".  The diagnostics partition
from 2Mb to 4Mb, or thereabouts.

File date is when I downloaded, NOT the file date at Compaq.

I downloaded these files from:

        http://www.compaq.com/support/files/portables
                /RompaqsAndSystem/Contura_Aero/Contura_Areo_433.html

Whether or not the appropriate URL is still the same is a
function of Compaq, not me.  The "_Areo_" typo is in my "save
bookmark" so at least it was the actual name of the page when
I downloaded.


[C] From: Steven Lawson <SLawson@alphamicro.com>
Subject: Aero and Win95
Date: Jan 1996?

Here is the floppy procedure I received from my Compaq service contact.  He 
says the web page is missing some steps.  BTW - I have a 01XXX series
drive but have not noticed whatever problems he's talking about.

>Flash Upgrade the firmware to 071995 or later.
>
>Remove any "Standard Floppy Controller" from Device Manager. The only 
>driver that should be listed is "Compaq PCMCIA Floppy Controller"
>
>Hilight "Compaq PCMCIA Floppy Controller" and press the Properties button. 
>Then select the Resources tab, and press Set Configuration Manually. Press 
>Change Settings. Press OK on the error message that appears. Make sure that 
>Use Automatic Settings is NOT marked. Press OK on the Resource tab window. 
>The configuration for the floppy controller in Device Manager should now 
>be:
>
>       I/O range: 03F0 - 03F5
>       I/O range: 03F7 - 03F7
>       Int. Req: 06
>
>Install the latest Compaq Portable Supplemental Programs for Windows 95.

 ---- Ed. Note - this is sp1329

>Install the patch in SP1350 (Only necessary with the 01XXX floppy drive).
>
>If it STILL fails, check that the floppy drive works at all (in DOS). Also, 
>check the number in the upper right corner on the label at the back of the 
>drive. If the number is 01XXX, it is recognized as a Canon drive, and may 
>cause problems. Check with your dealer if you can try a drive marked 02XXX. 
>This is recognized as a Compaq drive.

[C] From: hansen_e@cmr.fsu.edu (Erik A Hansen)
Date: Sun, 15 Sep 1996 22:33:37 -0400 (EDT)

Earlier someone wrote:
> 
> > starts up fine but half way through the first disk the Aero Freezes up and
> > the Floppy Drive's light stays on.

If I remeber correctly...
There are 01*** FDD's and 02*** FDD's.
If you have a 01*** FDD, I think you have to install the supplement
file/program cpcm.vxd. I called Compaq before I installed Win95 and
they sent we all the upgrades I needed, PPP/SLIP connection was down.
I think that is the only choice if you have the 01*** FDD.

If you have a 02*** FDD, I think Win95 aitomatically installs the
Compaq PCMCIA controller under:
        My Computer/control panal/system/device manager/PCMCIA socket.
So all that you have to do is uninstall/remove the other controller
that is installed under there as well.

Hope this helps (and is right),
erik

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