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My new computer seems to be overly interested in drive A. Whenever I open something in Notepad it spins Drive A for about 5 or 10 seconds before doing anything else. Same thing when I start Netscape. Same thing in many different softwares. Is there some place where my computer is set to check Drive A first????
Thanks, RickH
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by:jrhelgeson
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What rev. of Win95 do you have?
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by:rmarotta
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Do you have any anti-virus software running?

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I am not sure what version of Win95 I have since it was pre-loaded software. The computer is a Compaq Presario. I am running Norton anti-virus.
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by:rmarotta
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rickh,
You can go to system icon in control panel to find your win95 version.  Is there an option in your anti-virus program to scan all disk activity?  If so, disabling this option will prevent those disk accesses on your A drive.
Hope this helps,
Ralph

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by:EbenBrooks
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Our MIS guys recently installed Macafee on all our systems, and as soon as it was installed, I started having weird A drive accesses, too, so I think that rmarotta is on the right track.
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Experts, I am running version 4.00.950b of Win95. Also, this is a new problem that occurs just with this one new computer. The Norton anti-virus software has been running for a few months without causing the problem elsewhere.
Thanks RickH
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by:PBMax
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I don't believe it's a virus scanner problem or a windows 95 setting.  I'm not sure that is why this isn't an answer but I've heard that there is a updated driver somewhere to correct this problem.  There is suppose to be some kind of conflict with your IDE drivers and your Floppy drivers.  Every time you do a disk access it goes to the wrong drive.  Call compaq if you have a new computer and I'm pretty sure they will direct you in the right direction.  Or check out thier web page for an answer.  www.compaq.com
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by:rgrisi
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There are probably shortcuts or PIF files pointing to files on floppy disks. Click on "Find", then in the search space type:
*.lnk;*.pif then in the advanced "containing text" box, type: a:
click find. This will generate alist of the shortcuts pointing to the floppy drive. You can then safely delete these. Don't delete any shortcuts from the "send to" folder.
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by:rickh082997
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rgrisi, I did what you suggested but unfortunately it did not fix the problem.
There were some shortcuts to driveA in the Windows\Recent folder - removed them. There was one Syschk shortcut in the Windows\PIF folder - removed it.
Thanks anyway.


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by:matth012098
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Could it be that your default directory when opengin or saving a file is set to the desktop, in which case it would always check your A drive for the directory structure?

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My softwares are not set to start at drive A.
Is there a setting somewhere in the system that tells the computer to check A first?
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I know of an issue where if you have a shortcut to Drive A on the desktop Windows will try to access the drive each time you do something.  I believe this is fixed in Win95B.  If you have a shortcut to Drive A on your desktop try to remove it.
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Haleluyah!! That seems to have fixed it. Thanks RickH
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