I am having a strange problem with my floppy drive on a Win 98 machine which has 2 IDE HD's, 1 SCSI HD and 1 CD-ROM. Floppy works if I boot to DOS mode or Windows safe mode but does not work in Windows normal mode. When I try to access it, the light goes on and after about 30 seconds I get a message that drive is not ready.
I have tried changing the boot order in the BIOS and removing & reinstalling the floppy controller driver but no luck. I got this tip from Microsoft's website.