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My floppy drive reports that there is no disk in drive a. There is a patch on microsoft's site that refers to a winbond i/o problem with compaqs [Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) Article Q301077.] but installing this does not correct the problem. The drive appears to be set up correctly in bios.

The cables also are in the correct order inside the box.
I have seen other reports of this on the net but no solutions.
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Well you could test if the drive is working ok by inserting a Win98 bootdisk www.bootdisk.com and set your BIOS to boot from the floppy. If the boootdisk fires up OK then you know the floppy drive is OK and the problem resides in Windows 2000. If the bootdisk doesn't fire up then the floppy drive is probably faulty.
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thanks. it turns out that the ribbon cable plugged into the floppy controller was upside down. doh!
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Hehehe I know the feeling well. One time a long while back when I was just learning about computers I thouhgt I must of screwed up the whole system because the floppy would not work. So I was afraid to even use the machine. You guessed it the cable was upside down. doh! :>)
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