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#1 User is offline   jdeck 

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Posted 08 January 2007 - 03:08 PM

Recently I purchased a floppy disk drive from CompUSA for use with my iMac computer, which I purchased at the same time. The FDD is an "External Portable USB 2X Floppy Drive SKU:311196" with the model number USB-F3502-2X.
When I plugged the FDD into the iMac's USB port, the drive was not detected, so I proceeded to follow the instructions in the "Installation & User's Guide" which came with the floppy drive. I put the Driver CD into the CD-ROM drive, opened the "MAC" folder, and found the "usbfddmac.sit" file. I double-clicked on that file and Stuffit uncompressed the "MITSUMI FD Driver INST" file. (I downloaded STuffit Expander.) When I double-clicked on the "MITSUMI FD Driver INST" file, a message box appeared with the following message: "You cannot open the application "MITSUMI FD Driver INST" because it is not supported on this system."
Have I done anything wrong while attempting to install the floppy drive, or was I sold something which is not compatible with my iMac or MAC OS 10.4? Any help you can give would be appreciated.
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Posted 08 January 2007 - 03:19 PM

It sounds like the drivers are very old (Mac OS 9). That message typically appears when you try to run a classic application on an Intel-based Mac.
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Posted 08 January 2007 - 03:19 PM

Sounds like it is not supported in 10.4. It's kinda strange though because I never had any trouble with my USB FDD. However, I was using 10.3.9 until just a few days ago. I have a PPC with 10.4 in the mail and when I get it here I will have to try out the old USB FDD.
Also, I never had to install any drivers, OS X just saw it as a removable drive, same as it does with my CF card readers.
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Posted 08 January 2007 - 04:27 PM

my drive is not "seen" either.
put a floppy in it and it's seen just fine. /forums/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
and it works too
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Posted 08 January 2007 - 04:54 PM

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my drive is not "seen" either.
put a floppy in it and it's seen just fine. /forums/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
and it works too


Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that part.
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Posted 08 January 2007 - 06:20 PM

yeah
it's the disk that gets seen, not the drive.
unless you look in System Profiler >> USB
then it's seen /forums/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
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Posted 09 January 2007 - 06:14 AM

Whatever else it may be, it's not a 10.4 or a driver issue.
No driver install needed -- for OSX or OS9.
My ancient VST USB floppy drive works as well as it can at
its age. I suspect general disuse to be a problem. I have
to whack it a few time to get its attention.
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Posted 10 January 2007 - 08:02 AM

You solved my problem. Once I put a diskette in the floppy drive, the system saw it.
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