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Just did a win98 full install on a Maximus 166 MHz a few days ago.  Every once in a while the floppy drive starts up as though looking for a floppy?  The hard drive spins too.  Then things go back to normal.  What could be the problem?
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MCb,

   Please tell us more about your computer.  Do you have a virus scanner than scans for viruses periodically?  Do you have Office 97 and the findfast program?  If so, findfast periodically indexes the files on the harddrive and maybe even the floppy and that might be the cause.  What kind of programs do you load up in the startup folder?
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It's my wife's computer.  I also have windows 98 and have experienced the same problem the past couple of days.  Yes, we both have office 97.  The find fast program and office startup are in the startup of both machines.  But my computer started doing this the same time hers did, and I've had office for a while.  Now about the virus scanning.  We both have antiviral toolkit pro and we just upgraded to the latest version.  The virus scanner runs in the startup/tray.  But I noticed on this latest avp upgrade, installation made us restart the machines for installation to be complete.  The program has never required this until the latest one.  So you think we should remove find fast, office startup, and avp monitor from the startup?
Thanks, Danny
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Danny,

   Yes, try removing programs individually to see if you can pinpoint the problem.  I believe FindFast is responsible for your harddrives activity periodically.  Tell me how it goes.
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Dan,

Do you have a virus scanner than scans for viruses periodically?  Do you have Office 97 and the findfast program?  If so, findfast periodically indexes the files on the harddrive and maybe even the floppy and that might be the cause.  What kind of programs do you load up in the startup folder?

try removing programs individually to see if you can pinpoint the problem.  I believe FindFast is responsible for your harddrives activity periodically.  Tell me how it goes.


I am posting an answer to get your attention.  :)

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