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Win98: Floppy Drive not ready

By Mike Drynan ·
I have a Win98se PC that see's the floppy drive in my computer, but when attempting to access it it fails saying drive isnt ready (yes there is a valid floppy disk inserted,lol). Now here's the weird part, I can boot into safe mode and it works justfine, but in normal it locks up the PC for quite sometime, using all resources (cant even move the mouse) then errors out with not ready. Here's a brief listing of what I've tried:

* removed a modem that wanst listed in devices.
* removed the controller and drive in Safe mode & in Normal (separate times) and let system find new hardware.
* Booted in DOS, and it worked fine.
* wouldnt read if restarted from Windows into DOS mode.
* Ran windows update
* Ran Nortons Win Doctor
* Per MS Knowledge Base Q131690, clicked the Disable In This Hardware Profile, checked config.sys and Autoexec.bat for conflicting files
* Stopped all processes in task mgr except, Explorer and Systray
* Reloaded Win98se over the top of existing win98se

After all the above the result was the same.

I put alot of points on this for two reasons either one I missed something really easy, and I should pay for it, or its actually worth the points Im offering because it doesnt make sense..either way thanks in advance for whatever assistance you can offer (besides blowing it up and getting the end user a new PC, accidently of course).

Mike

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Win98: Floppy Drive not ready

by electricdragon In reply to Win98: Floppy Drive not r ...

Hi,
O.K., here goes,
Since the floppy works in DOS and safe mode, it follows that there is nothing wrong with your cable\floppy drive.

I have 2 possibilitys for you,
1. I know you said you checked the BIOS, but I have seen this one overlookedbefore:
In(works for win 95/98/me, all versions)

2.You may have a conflicting driver, sometimes windows "thinks" it can share a resource when it really cant, this one would take some time since you seem to not have any "caution" flags in device manager, but, go there, (device manager) and click on the floppy, write down the resources it's using, then check it against the rest of the components, if anything is using any of the resources the floppy is using, change that, not the floppy, assuming the floppy is set to use the resources it's supposed to,: DMA=2 I/O=03F2-03F5 IRQ=6
gl
HTH
E.D.

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Win98: Floppy Drive not ready

by electricdragon In reply to Win98: Floppy Drive not r ...

sorry, somehow part of num 1. got pasted elsewhere, here was the rest, lol
1. blah blah, in Award BIOS, (and maybe others) there is an option, "report no floppy drive for win 95 y/n" if this is set to yes, it would give you exectly the problem yourhaving, it is also the default setting for many motherboards.

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Win98: Floppy Drive not ready

by Mike Drynan In reply to Win98: Floppy Drive not r ...

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Win98: Floppy Drive not ready

by BobHo In reply to Win98: Floppy Drive not r ...

This seems to be a recurring problem with win98. It sounds like you have done everything else to check the drive so here is one solution that I used that worked for me:

Go to c:\windows\system\iosybsys and rename hsflop.pdr to hsflop.old (or whatever you wish). Reboot and try the drive. Sometimes it works without the file and sometimes you need to replace it with a copy (use sfc to recover it if you need to).

good luck,

DrBob:&gt

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Win98: Floppy Drive not ready

by Mike Drynan In reply to Win98: Floppy Drive not r ...

tried what you suggested with the HSFLOP.PDR and no luck...thanks it was a good suggestion.

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Win98: Floppy Drive not ready

by dmiles In reply to Win98: Floppy Drive not r ...

Shut the computer down and open the case,check the components in the PC.Check to see if the inside feels particularly hot.This could lead to problems accessing various pieces of hardware.

Check to make sure that cable from floppy controller is firmly inserted into the back of the floppy drive,also check the power connection between the power supply and back of floppy drive

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Win98: Floppy Drive not ready

by Mike Drynan In reply to Win98: Floppy Drive not r ...

All this was checked, and at least 1x replaced...thanks

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Win98: Floppy Drive not ready

by sgt_shultz In reply to Win98: Floppy Drive not r ...

has anyone actually been able to wreck a floppy with a magnetic screwdriver??

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by Mike Drynan In reply to Win98: Floppy Drive not r ...

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Win98: Floppy Drive not ready

by maxwell edison In reply to Win98: Floppy Drive not r ...

I got the magnetic screwdriver tip from www.colonel_klink.com. No wonder they lost the war!

(Actually the whole thing was cut and pasted from somewhere.)

DKlippert posted an interesting answer in regards to the HSFLOP.PDR file. That's the onemy money is on at this point. If the floppy works in DOS and in safe mode, but not in the full win98, you can eliminate hardware/BIOS causes. Therefore, the cause would have to be a Windows 98 issue.

If Dklipperts suggestion doesn't work, perhapsreloading Windows 98 over itself - replacing/repairing missing/damaged files - will do the trick. But wait, you already did that, and it didn't work.

What about an IRQ conflict?

Does it appear in Device Manager - with or without conflict indicator?

In Device Manager double click on Standard Floppy Disk Controller and/or Floppy Disk Drive. There's a Troubleshooter button in the Properties window. Have you followed that?

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