3.5 Fdd hangup

If I try to send to/drag/download to 3.5 FDD system will hang up have to hit Reset to continue working. Windows 98, Have changed FDD,cable,and motherboard still no luck does any one have the answer.
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Okay saggy, let's see if we can narrow the field here some as to what may be causing this. Give these few things a try and let me know what happens:

1. Insert the Windows 98 Setup boot disk into the floppy drive and then boot the system to it. Does it boot okay?

2. If it boots okay, remove that floppy and insert a blank and then copy a file from the root of the hard drive to the floppy. Does it copy?

3. Put the boot floppy back in and try copying one of the files on it to the root directory on the hard drive. Does it copy?

It seems like a conflict.

But first things first:

When the machine boots, does the FDD Light come on for a second, then go out?

Is the light on continiously ?

Did it ever work, when did it stop and does it work if you boot into MS Dos Mode ?

When you start the copy, does the light come on at all ?

How long do you wait before pressing reset?

Finally you could right click on the "My Computer" icon, choose properties and go to the device manager.

If you get the propertirs of the root node ("My Computer"), you will be able to see if any devices are sharing memory / IRQ with the FDD.

Check in here to see if windows thinks it is working properly.

Personally (if it doesn't work at all) I would say that the power supply to the FDD is faulty. Try a different connector.
saggy1Author Commented:
Dennis, I can boot,copy,write to fdd in dos mode. answer to all three of your questions yes
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Okay, next try this:

1. Restart the system into Safemode. You do this by starting (or restarting) the system and either hold the CTRL key down or start tapping the F8 key right after the memory post. This will bring up the boot menu. Select Safemode.

2. While in safemode, click Start, Settings, Control Panel. Now click the System Icon and select the device manager tab.

3. Scroll down to the drives and click the + to expand. You should see your floppy drive listed. Take care to note any duplicate entries. Click to highlight each one and then click remove.

4. Now scroll to the floppy disk controller. Click the + to expand and then highlight the entry and click remove. If there are more than just the one entry, remove them all.

5. It would be a wise move to expand each area in device manager and make sure there are no duplicates of any other devices. If there are, remove all, not just the duplicates.

Now reboot the system and check it.
saggy1Author Commented:
Tryed to remove and have win98 reinstall HDD still does same thing.
More info. when try to send to FDD (A)
screen freezes up after @a minute recieve message "write error to drive A"
then have to reset to get to work
saggy, what happens when you put a floppy disk into the drive and then go to my computer, right click the "A" drive and click format?
saggy1Author Commented:
I can format / delete files but can't download to, send to, or drag to
Saggy, run through these steps and let me know how you make out.

Start Windows in Safe mode and try to access the floppy disk drive. To start Windows 98 in Safe mode, restart your computer, press and hold down the CTRL key after your computer completes the Power On Self Test (POST), and then choose Safe Mode from the Startup menu.
If you can access the floppy disk drive, follow these steps:
1. Use the right mouse button to click My Computer, then click Properties on the
   menu that appears.
2. Click the Device Manager tab.
3. Double-click Floppy Disk Controllers.
4. Click the floppy disk controller for the drive you are having problems with,
   then click Properties.
5. In Windows 98, click the Disable In This Hardware Profile check box to
   select it. This disables the Windows protected-mode driver for the floppy
   disk drive controller.
6. Click OK.
7. Restart Windows normally.
If you can access the floppy disk drive successfully after following the above
steps, the following conditions may be true:
 - The floppy disk drive controller may not be supported in protected mode.
 - There are drivers loading in the CONFIG.SYS or AUTOEXEC.BAT file that may be
   necessary for protected-mode access.
 - There are drivers loading in the CONFIG.SYS or AUTOEXEC.BAT file that may be
   causing conflicts in Windows and need to be disabled.
If you still cannot access the floppy disk drive after following steps 1-7,
follow these steps:
1. Use the right mouse button to click My Computer, then click Properties on the
   menu that appears.
2. Click the Device Manager tab.
3. Double-click Floppy Disk Controllers.
4. Click the floppy disk controller, and then click Remove to remove the
5. Click OK.
6. In Control Panel, double-click Add New Hardware.
7. Click Next, and then click Yes to allow Windows to detect the hardware in
   your computer.
8. When the Add New Hardware Wizard is finished, restart the computer and try to
   access the floppy disk drive again.
Redetecting the floppy disk controller should resolve any addressing problems
with the controller by detecting the correct address range. If the floppy disk
controller is not detected correctly, there may be a problem with the floppy
disk controller. If the floppy disk controller is redetected but you still
cannot access the floppy disk drive, there may be a problem with the floppy
saggy1Author Commented:
I have been in the hospital for two weeks. When I got back problem seems to have dissappered. Thanks for the help and please award the points to Dennis.
Thanks Saggy. Just accept the answer and it done!

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saggy1Author Commented:
I accept the answer
Hope you're feeling better Saggy!
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