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Semi Dead Floppy Drive

By dnvrtechgrrl ·
My boss brought me her pc a few weeks ago... her son had a hayday with Kazaa. The virus scan was wiped out and all the spyware you could imagine plus porn was on there.

Unfortunately, with the virus' that were on there, the OS had to be wiped, the hdd wiped and a fresh install from ME to 2K put on.

Everything on this stupid computer is working fine but the Floppy drive. I've tried to get her to move to something a little more secure like a zip drive, or perhaps start relying more on her cd burner, but she's determined to keep it.

The problem is when the pc boots, the floppy drive lights up and chirps like its connected. Once Windows boots though, no floppy drive.

I've checked cables, run the hardware manager, checked for conflicts...
I've never seen this before.

Any ideas on how to get it back in the system and recognized?

Thanks!!
Kai

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by Kinetechs In reply to Semi Dead Floppy Drive

Just a thought...is the floppy controller enabled int the BIOS? Does the BIOS report the correct floppy type (e.g. 3 1/2 or 5 1/4)?

Cheers!
~Sean

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by carlos.nino In reply to Semi Dead Floppy Drive

Can you try that drive in another computer to see if it really works?

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by dnvrtechgrrl In reply to Semi Dead Floppy Drive

It does.
I've even swapped out cables hoping that something would be wrong there and just not registering correctly.

Technically, everything is looking "by the book."
Can't find it once the OS boots though.

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by cd728 In reply to Semi Dead Floppy Drive

I won't ask you questions but instead would recommend the following:

1. Kindly check the inside of the floppy drive. A small piece of paper or bits of crayon will render it useless.
2. Make use of the good old floppy drive cleaner with enough solution on it.
3. Try really removing the cover of the drive and check for foreign objects inside.

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by TheChas In reply to Semi Dead Floppy Drive

Okay, you can access the floppy drive from a DOS / floppy boot?

If so, the hardware is fine.

I often do NOT have floppy access on systems until I install the proper IDE driver for the chip-set.

Oh, make sure that the BIOS is set to report floppy drives to Windows, and that on the disk drive tab of device manager performance options, that the system is set to detect new floppy drives.

Chas

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by Mark In reply to Semi Dead Floppy Drive

First, test it in DOS. See if you can boot from a boot disk. If it works, then it definitely is a Windows driver issue. If that is the case, be sure to load the proper chipset driver. Looking at the IDE controller description will clue you in to what chipset. Most common ones are VIA, ALi, Intel, SIS. Then find the proper website or email me for the update file. For instance VIA, goto viatech.com or http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=2 and get their 4in1 driver.

If it is a USB floppy then you need that driver.

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