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Windows XP PCs won't read floppies

By CMB from Omaha ·
I work in a Learning Center at a local community college, and often, our new Gateway Windows XP machines will not read perfectly good floppy disks that our students bring in. Students get a message that the disk is not formatted--but when we accessthe disk using our one Windows 98 machine (after virus-checking), it's obvious that the disk is perfectly fine.

Any solutions that don't involve recopying or emailing the files will be gratefully considered!

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by Cactus Pete In reply to Windows XP PCs won't read ...

The first steps I think would be to reinstall the floppy drive, physically and drivers. If it still doesn't work, does the drive work in another machine? Does a known good drive work in that machine? Based on those results, you can move on to other things...

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Windows XP PCs won't read ...

can the XP's read floppies created by themselves? do all the students have this trouble or can some floppies be read? (way to go idaho on the virus checking!)

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by dmiles In reply to Windows XP PCs won't read ...

See the following Gate Support page
www.support.gateway.com/support/techdocs/trshoot/XP

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by cglrcng In reply to Windows XP PCs won't read ...

I contract to a Public Charter School and handle all their 3 puter labs, Staff Offices & Indiv. Teacher(s) classroom puters, run into the problem all the time. The floppy acts like an air intake manifold which collects a lot of dust (usually just use the canned air w/ the ***machine off or you can just pop that puppy as the propellant is explosive or flammable in some***, I open the FDD Door w/ a pen or finger, slide the straw of the can in on one side and give it a lil blast w/ the door open. Usually the floppy disk works then.

The newer machines have a lot more airflow than the older ones did so this problem is worse than it used to be.

BTW, we set up and old (cheap used) WIN98SE machine in each school campus office w/ nothing but the OS & AV as the only APP. just simply for doing that AV checking of all offsite media as it enters the premises, Teacher, Staff & Student alike, and set a rig. policy. "Everyone AV checks off site media upon entry w/o exception including IT persons.(Me too!)."

Good Luck.

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by sonnguyen In reply to Windows XP PCs won't read ...

This sounds like the floppy drive is faulty, I would just try a to connect a known working drive to test the read and write aspect of the machine with a new formated floppy.
To test the write aspect, open a notepad page, type a few words then save to the floppy.
To test the read aspect, click on the floppy to see if you can read the file you've just saved in it.
If the floppy fails, good chance is the hardware itself. Swap the ribbon cable can eliminate this as well.

You can also look in the device manager to see if the floppy is listed and is not a problem device.

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