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By mapeters64 ·
I have a Celeron 466 on which the floppy drive is not reading under Windows 98. I can boot from the floppy and it is recognized in my BIOS. The floppy drive also shows up under My Computer in Windows. However, if I try to click on the icon for it, Windows freezes completely and I have to do a hard boot.

I have changed the floppy drive and the ribbon cable and nothing seems to work. Any suggestions?

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by Steven Lynas In reply to Floppy drive troubles

Hi,

In your BIOS, make sure that Check for Floppy is enabled. If you've changed the drive AND cable and everything works in DOS, then the problem is occuring in your BIOS. Try resetting your BIOS and downloading the latest revision from your hardware manufacturer. Do you have another OS you can use? If so, do an install and see if that version reads the floppy. If it does, it's a problem in Windows 98. I strongly suggest that you flash your BIOS and double check your settings relating to your FDD.

Good luck mate.

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by mapeters64 In reply to Floppy drive troubles

I had actually tried to correct this in the BIOS and got no results. However, when I tried it a second time, my floppy became accessible...Thanks for your suggestion!

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by Ann777 In reply to Floppy drive troubles

It could also be the fact that the floppy drive controller on the systemboard has gone bad. The BIOS and the electronics will still recognize the drive, but Windows may hang if the systemboard/FDD connector/controller has problems.

Try the floppy drives in another computer. If they work fine in another machine, and you are sure the cables/connectors are fine, then the controller may be bad. You may be able to get a separate PCI FDD/HDD controller for your computer; this may be an alternative to replacing the systemboard (although if you have a 466 MHz machine, you'd be much better serviced with a newer system).

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by Ann777 In reply to Floppy drive troubles

Wait a second here... you wrote that you can boot from the floppy disk drive? If you can do that, then the floppy disk drive IS working and you may have one or two bad floppies to contend with. Try running:

chkdsk /r a:

from the dos prompt. That should fix any problems with the floppy itself.

Be aware that floppies do not last forever and the drives do tend to go bad after awhile as well.

If you can read from your boot floppy, you should be able to write to it as well.

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by Ann777 In reply to Floppy drive troubles

Also:
Try using Windows Explorer and see if you can access the contents of the floppy disk. You may have a bad shortcut that needs to be recreated.

Another thing you might try is to boot to safe mode and remove the floppy drivers. Shutdown and then boot normally. WIndows should detect the floppy drive and ask you to insert your Win98 cd and reinstall a fresh set of drivers for it.

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by mapeters64 In reply to Floppy drive troubles

Thanks for your suggestion. However, it turned out to be a BIOS issue. I reset my bios and finally got the floppy working.

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