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It is a couple of weeks that I'm experiencing a strange and annoying
problem. When I try to access a 3"1/2 diskette from any of my two diskette
units (A: or B:), Windows 3.11 hangs, that is: a blak screen appear with
the white underscore cursore blinking on the left top corner.

No way to go back to Windows desktop. Even CAD does not work. I have to
RESET my system (a Pentium 120 with Ami BIOS 1.02). This does NOT occur
always, but 80% of time. Does not matter WHICH is the program that tries to
access files on diskettes. Even the File Manager.

I have ABSOLUTELY  NO problem to do that from PC-DOS 7, and HW tests on
diskette units look OK. So, it should be a Window-related software problem.
Any idea?        

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by:stuartc010297
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Try scandisk...then try....
Hate to say it, but try reinstalling Win 3.11 again..
Let me know the outcome....
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by:deanyeh
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Do you have power saving programs and disk-compressing program running like DriveSpace from MS-Dos 6.22 or Windows 95?
If you don't really know what's on your computer, try to see the config.sys file by typing edit config.sys on the dos command line.

Sometimes those program will massed up the computer
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by:ddj
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I already solved the problem on my own, as I already said in my comment to stuartc. Problem is related to the collision in Exxx memory area of a check that Win 3.x makes before accessing the diskette drive and the usage of that memory by RAMBOOST. Look at my previous comment for solution.
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irq earned 150 total points
ID: 1775116
If you use SmartDrive in Autoexec. Try too disable it.
On some computers there is a bug in Smartdrive 5.0 that conflict
with the BIOS.


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