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

OPen the Standard Floppy Disk Controller Properties Window (From Device Manager)

Under the General Tab: Device Usage - "Disable in this Hardware Profile" - Is this UNchecked?

Under the Resources Tab: "Use Automatic Settings" - Is this checked ON?

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Try replacing the IOS.vxd file.

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Win98: Floppy Drive not ready

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

OK then. What if you disable all of the items in your Startup (using MSConfig) and boot to Normal mode. Is the drive accessible then? If so, it's one of the apps in your startup and you can figure out which one by adding them back in one at a time until it doesn't work again.

DrBob:&gt

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Win98: Floppy Drive not ready

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

disabled everything in the startup and still the same issue. Thanks again.

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Win98: Floppy Drive not ready

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

Ok this has been resolved, it seems there is a card to add a secondary parallel port. I checked this several times to verify there was no conflicting resources and there wasnt. I cant explain why it is causing this issue, but as soon as I pulled thecard the floppy drive now works.

So here's my offer to all that previously responded...to thank you for your assistance just drop a note here and I will split the points between you all...thanks again for all the great ideas!

md

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Win98: Floppy Drive not ready

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

Point value changed by question poster.

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Win98: Floppy Drive not ready

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

Mike,

While Windows did not report a resource conflict (IRQ Sharring)
I suspect that if you check things out at the DOS level the parallel port card was using an I/O address that was required for the FDD controller.

If possible, verify the default I/O addressing that the motherboard uses.
Then, compare that to the I/O settings on the port card.

It is possible, that just installing the parallel poer card in a different slot will eliminate the problem.

Chas

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Win98: Floppy Drive not ready

by Help Desk Analyst In reply to Win98: Floppy Drive not r ...

A few things could have done this:

1 bad floppy.
2 a virus.
3 hardware configuration error
4 lots and lots of heavy amounts of dust on the mother board.
5 intermittent transient electrical spikes.
6 bad floppy hardware

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