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How can i get my floppy drive  to recognise a disc ?

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My floppy drive either tells me I have an unformatted disc in when I know that it is fine or when I use PC Doctor, it tells me there seems to be no disc inserted.

Any ideas ?
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by:c661jmb
ID: 7071394
First of all check the cables.

Secondly check the BIOS to ensure that it is configured correctly.

Thirdly, try a new disk.

Finally a new floppy drive will cost less than £10.



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by:Wakeup
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frogmella,

Also scan for viruses.  Some viruses have been known to cause floppy drives and CDrom drives to not function properly.  One good way to tell is to check to see if you boot into just a dos prompt and see if you can access the floppy drive.  If you can not access it before the OS starts, then it is definitely a drive problem.  If you can access it before any Win OS starts then it is probably a virus.
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by:kadirsiva
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I also encouter this problem such that the floppy disk reads in another computer and if I try in my computer it says no disk or it will ask u to format the disk. I changed the drive and it is working.  I think it may be cause of Drive only.
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by:frogmella
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Have tried my spare drive and the same thing happens, what should I check in the bios c661jmb ?
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by:c661jmb
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ensure that the drive capacity is configured correctly. ie 1.44mb and that the drive is actually enabled.
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by:Wakeup
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frogmella,

Have you tried my suggestions?
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by:frogmella
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Sorry Wakeup, not ignoring you, just don't know how to do it.

I am getting the mesage,

A:/is not accessible

The system can not read from the specified device

This is with both the drives I have tried. I ran a scan disk on it and it took three goes but managed it eventually but still the same error message. It seems to have started when I tried adding extra memory which I have now removed, but no improvement.
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by:frogmella
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Have also scanned for viruses with Norton and Defender virus scanner and have a firewall.
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Wakeup earned 150 total points
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Frogmella,

Ok I'll walk you through the Dos mode way, or you can just use a bootdisk to test.

Bootdisk:

Use like a win9x boot disk or winME boot disk and stick it in the floppy drive.  See if the floppy will boot before Windows whatever version you have loads.
If it does then the drive should be working perfectly and you probably have a virus.  Have you updated to the latest Norton Virus definitions?

If you are running win9x or ME, you can repeatedly hit F8, before the Win9x splash screen comes up.   Basically right after the memory check and hard drive detect hit F8 and it will pull up a menu from which you can boot into Safemode command prompt or something like that.  Then type in A:

and see if you can get a directory listing to come up etc.

Let me know how it goes or if you need any other help.  

What OS are you running?
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by:kadirsiva
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Hey I think ur drive is having problem.  Just change ur drive or get one drive from ur friend and check in ur system.
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by:Wakeup
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kadirsiva,

Frogmella said that s/he tried a second spare drive with no luck.

I guess the question is do you know if the second spare drive is in working condition?

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