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Problem With Floppy drive

Firstly let me say i am a novice and i hope i have posted this question under the correct category,,,

I have a problem with my 3 1/2 inch standard floppy drive,

When i insert a disc and explore to see what files are stored on the disc it will sometimes display the files that were on a previous disc, it will even allow me to open these files even though they are not on this disc.
I have uninstalled and reinstalled the floppy drive but i still get the problem.
All my driver files are up to date and i am using windows XP home edition with service pack one.
I hope someone can help me and it does not require me to purchase a new drive.
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wulliec
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wulliec
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ZylochCommented:
Hi

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Win2000/Q_20248990.html
It's a similar experience. In the end, the user had to replace the floppy cable (not the drive, but still something to buy).

Others may have better ideas, but as a last resort, that might be the path to take

Regards,
Zyloch
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4ceReconSniperCommented:
did you try to click refresh (F5) button when inserting a new disk?
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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
agree with the first comment, there is a contact in the floppies ribbon cable that says (theres a new disk in the drive) if there is no signal then the PC assumes that the same floppy is in there.

most likely cause is the ribbon cable, if this does not work then suspect the drive, worst case scenario is the floppy socket on the motherboard has gone  (but Ive never seen that happen :)

Pete
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jchittoda1Commented:
there is some viruses in your PC
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wulliecAuthor Commented:
Hello jchittoda1,
Can you explain to me how you figure i have some viruses on my pc,
I have uptodate virus protection and ad-aware and spybot and as far as any of these are concerned my pc is clean.
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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
Id be suprised if this is virus related - in fact I'll pour sherbert into my eyes ;)
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FaircoCommented:
It's hardly virus.
Actually, I also had this problem. The cable was OK, actually the drive's disk change sensor was damaged. Replacing the drive solved the problem. So if the cable change doesn't help, try replacing the drive itself.
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yqureshiCommented:
There is no virus as long as I know. Check out the connections on floppy drive. Check if the floppy drive is mount properly in the casing (Computer case). If you suspect a push back when you insert a floppy then mount the floppy drive properly, Also check the balance of the floppy drives some old floppy drives were quite sensitive with the balance.  
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wulliecAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all the experts that attempted to help me with this problem, I am going to ask that this question be closed and the points refunded to me as i did indeed need to replace my floppy drive and ribbons after trying the suggestions.
Thanks for the time the experts spent on trying to resolve this question
Wulliec :(
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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
eeerm

>>i did indeed need to replace my floppy drive and ribbons

Comment from PeteLong
Date: 08/06/2004 09:39AM BST

>>most likely cause is the ribbon cable, if this does not work then suspect the drive
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wulliecAuthor Commented:
Hello Petelong,

In My original question i stated

 "I hope someone can help me and it does not require me to purchase a new drive."

I knew this to be an option (the final option) so i did not see that being advised to do this was a reasonable answer.
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wulliecAuthor Commented:
Hello and thanks to everyone who attempted to answer this question,
I have awarded the points to Zyloch since he was the first to suggest that i replace the drive which i did,

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