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Unable to access floppy and DVD-ROM drives

Q: Unable to access floppy and DVD-ROM drives

...but my CD-ROM drive works fine and my DVD drive can access CD-ROMs.
Here's my system:
-HP Pavillion 8755C 800MHz, 128MB RAM, running Windows ME
-Std floppy disk controller
-LG CD-RW CED-80838
-Samsung DVD-ROM SD-612

The problem started happening after my power supply blew and I had it replaced. The message I get is "Please insert a disk into drive a:" (e: for the DVD). I've checked all the suggested things on the HP support site:
- device manager looks good
- uninstalled all 3 devices in device manager, all 3 reinstalled with the same config after restart.
- Secondary Master, Secondary Slave, Primary Slave look ok
- cables look good - the stuff above wouldn't show up otherwise would it?

The only thing that looks different to me is that the drive letters have changed from m: & n: to d: & e: for the CD-RW & DVD drives. Any thoughts appreciated!


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A: Unable to access floppy and DVD-ROM drives

Welcome to TSG!

If your DVD will read CD's but not recognize DVD disks, then the optics are hosed for the DVD playback. A DVD Drive typically has 2 sets of optics or optics that rotate. If the DVD read optics are bad, that is what you'll get.

As for the floppy...odds are that it's gone too!

If the Power Supply went out, it may have spiked and damaged the drives. Just hope that the motherboard isn't bad.

If the system is still under warranty, have HP replace both drives due to the power supply spike. If replacements are done and still having issues, then it would be the Motherboard that got taken out!

Good Luck!


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Suddenly my computer (windows xp/service pak2) will recognize my cd and floppy drives but after loading and trying to open either drive I get the message -- insert disk-. I have tried the trouble shooting stuff, opened the device manager ( which says everything is fine) but the computer will not recognize when a drive is already loaded. Can someone help please?

A:Unable To Open Cd/floppy Drives

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I have a HP pavilion 8562 computer running windows 98se operating system.
My sbc dsl 2wire network went down. After I re-establish the network and dsl I could not access my floppy disk drive or my cd-rom drives (2).
I checked the ide cables and anything is connected correctly. My Computer shows all 3 drives but when I try to access them I get access denied message. The drives are as follows:
Aopen CD-RW CRW 3248
Liteon DVD-Rom LTD 163
Mitusmi 1.44 standard floppy disk drive
I have tried to download drivers but to no avail. How do I get my computer to recognize the 3 drives ? Thanks for your help.

A:access floppy disk drive and cd-rom drives

Boot into dos (hit F8 repeatedly when the machine is booting and select safe mode command prompt only)
and see if you can access the floppy drive under dos,

if so something is fudged, you will probably need to reinstall your motherboard drivers. (there are no drivers for a floppy)

If that doesn't work you can try deleting the devices while in safe mode from the system panel and see if they properly reinstall.

Last ditch effort would be to reinstall windows

Play around and see. From what I gather on the net once you see that error, usually you have to reinstall windows

If you can't access the floppy drive under dos something is really wrong, I would suggest resetting the cmos and seeing what happens.

Good Luck

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Unable to access the CD-ROM drive or floppy disk in XP after booting, but if you place cd in before booting it works fine any ideas??

A:Unable to access the CD-ROM drive or floppy disk

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Hello when I connect my mobile to my laptop, it is not accepting any USB drives

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I have had this system for over a year and no problems. A few days ago I could not access my dvd drives in xp. They are still assigned letters in my computer and the device manager tells me that both devices are working properly. I have tried every type of disk that I have. They will not autoplay nor will they open. I have not installed any new software lately. Everything else on my system works. I have a dual boot system, xp pro and vista ultimate 64 with each os being on a seperate hd. When I go into vista my dvd's work fine. I have downloaded the latest firmware for both optic drives. I can't play music from a cd or install any programs. My computer shows me that they are there but i just can't get in them.

4gb corsair memory
NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT
AMD Opteron Processor 185

A:unable to access dvd drives

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I have three hard drives C F and G. If I double click on either F or G I cannot get into them. I can access them through my network or from a running programme. restore point is also a no-no and at one time I was unable to get on the Internet. Something else [which is a niggle], everytime I log on to Bleeping Computers I have to put in my user name and password even though "Remember Me" is ticked. I have run MalwareBytes, SAS, CCleaner, AdAware,and ATF.
I have read all the instructions and think that I am posting correctly. If I have made any errors then I apologise in advance.

Here are my DDS Logs.
DDS (Ver_09-01-19.01) - NTFSx86
Run by George at 10:27:17.35 on 27/01/2005
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1023.662 [GMT 0:00]
============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Multimedia Card Reader\shwicon2k.exe
C:\Program Files\Unlocker\UnlockerAssistant.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
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A:Unable to access two hard drives

Please can anyone tell me if I need to do anything before putting irreplaceable files on to this computer.

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Hi I recently upgraded my PC to windows 10 and every since have been unable to access any USB external drive.

The laptop picks up the drives and acknowledges that they are there and working but they do not appear in file explorer.

I have looked in disk management and the drives are there and healthy.

The USB ports work 100% as i have plugged in keyboards etc to test and all the drives i've tried work with other computers.

I've tried everything I could find on forums that have worked for other people. I've reinstalled windows twice. Ran various disk cleanup utilities, checked for hidden drives etc.

I need to upload video files to my laptop to edit for work, so need to resolve this ASAP :/

Any help or ideas is greatly appreciated!

Thank you

A:Unable to access external USB Drives!

Hi, some people seem to experience this, particularly with Seagate drives.

You might try disabling fast startup, or plugging them in to a USB2 port

Windows 10 can't find external USB 3.0 drives... - Page 2 - Windows 10 Forums

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This all started when I was unable to reach my NAS drive (DNS-323) from my laptop. ("The network location cannot be found.")
Trying from other computers was successful...so I know the problem is related to just my laptop.

I started up a MalwareBytes scan and when it reached my ATAPI.SYS file...my AVAST AV popped up with a virus alert. AVAST reported that I have a "Win32:Alureon-FR" located in "C":\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\atapi.sys".

I told AVAST to skip the file (for now) and I terminated the MalwareBytes scan.

What is the best sequence to get this file cleaned up?

A:Unable to access network drives

Hi and welcome.Please follow this: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/ and then post your logs here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/22/virus-trojan-spyware-and-malware-removal-logs//Barilla

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Hi Guys,

Im hoping someone can advise or point to a good tutorial.

I have a couple of XP Pro machines hooked up to a router, all are getting internet and all are seeing each other in my network computers. But when you click to access one of the network PC's seen in the home netowrk you get an error and cant get in..

Some times its working but mostly its doing this.

I think I have set up the right permissions althought Im sure to be wrong..
I can access the other pc's using FTP so it must be a windows permisssion im mising?

Any assistance in the basic steps so I know I have them covered would be very welcome.

A:Solved: Unable to access XP network drives from XP PC

Turn off any firewalls for debugging. If the firewall is the problem, you'll have to configure it to allow access to "trusted zone" addresses. Note that some firewalls must be completely uninstalled to stop them from affecting your networking.

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD to open a command prompt.

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands:

PING each remote computer by IP address, and if successful, PING by name. Open a command prompt as described above and type.

PING <ip address>
PING <computer name>

<ip address> - is the x.x.x.x IP address
<computer name> - is the computer name

A failure to PING is almost always a firewall configuration issue. Any failure to PING needs to be corrected before you go any farther.

Note: You can obtain the IP address and computer name of a computer by opening a command prompt (DOS window) and typing IPCONFIG /ALL. This should work for any Windows version. The IPCONFIG /ALL display will provide a wealth of useful information for debugging your network connection.

Check your Services are Started on all PCs:

COM+ Event System (for WZC issues)
Computer Browser
DHCP Client
DNS Client
Network Connections
Network Location Awareness
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
TCP/IP Netbios helper
Wireless Zero Configuration (XP wireless configurations)
WLAN AutoConfig (Vista wireless configurations)

Note: You can check the services in Con... Read more

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Hey there,

I've had this persistent problem since the beginning of January. Every time I try to open files/folders in, say, my documents, in shared folders, etc. my computer freezes and doesn't bounce back. I've let it sit for almost two hours to see if it'd work itself out, but it never does. This correlates with my Firefox browser freezing during random intervals and causing my entire system to lock up. I recall installing Adobe Photoshop CS3 around the same time this started happening, but I'm not sure if it's something that could cause this kind of reaction. I also have the addon "ljlogin" installed on Firefox, but thus far, I haven't found any discussions to imply that ljlogin could be detrimental to my system. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling firefox with all of the necessary updates. That made a difference for about two weeks, but now it's acting up again. It's also really hard to uninstall/reinstall things because the system locks up.

It's really tough not being able to access my files, but I can browse on Google Chrome without any issue (Unless I try to upload files from my PC). Any help would be greatly appreciated.



A:Unable to access files on C and D drives due to freezing.

What is it like in

How to Start in Safemode

1. Restart your computer.
2. Before the windows logo you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
3. Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
4. Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode.
5. Do whatever tasks you require and when you are done reboot to boot back into normal mode..

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I have an issue with Windows 7 64 bit laptop.
The laptop is connected to a domain and can do the following:
-Login okay
-Ping all servers
-Remote desktop

However, the laptop cannot see or find any network drives.

If I click run and enter \\server\xxxx - Nothing happens!

Ive tried logging in as admin - No luck
Removed and re-added to the domain - Still nothing.

Please help!

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I cannot access my CD drive or my CD/DVD burner drive, (Gateway Computer, win Xp) it has a yellow error message. I did an an un-install for both drives, then went into new hardware and let it reinstall them- but it says it cannot find the drivers. I attempted to do a system restore and discovered no matter what date I choose, it will not let me restore- it says cannot restore and your computer has not been changed.
I do not use Norton- I have AVG the paid version, and Webroot Spy Sweeper. Some have said "look for a virus- but I haven't found anything yet.
I don't know what to do...
thanks for any help!

A:Cannot do a system Restore at any date, unable to get access to CD and CD/DVD drives

Try uninstalling the IDE driver, reboot and let the OS reinstall it on reboot.Go Start > Run > type "devmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter.Click the plus sign to the left of the entry IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers. Right-click on the entry Secondary IDE channel and select Uninstall. Close out of all the windows and Reboot.

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One evening I attempted to install windows 8. After the installation it repeatedly booted back into the windows installation. After removing the install disk, it booted into windows 7 normally. I decided to install a clean copy of windows 7 and that's when the problem appeared. The windows insall will not allow me access to ANY hard drive shown. Says unable to find windows partition or something like that. I've tried reformatting all the drives and same message always comes up. I cannot re-install Windows 7?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A:Unable to access Hard Drives in Windows 7 installation

It MIGHT be because Windows 8 installed as a GPT Partition...

But, Windows 7 and Vista can only see a GPT Partition as a non-booting data drive, unless using an UEFI BIOS.

Which MIGHT be why your Windows installation 'cannot see' an INSTALLABLE drive.

I would suggest Booting from a LINUX Bootable CD or USB Stick and reformat the Hard Drive to MBR,
i.e. delete the partition and recreate it as MBR and format to NTFS

Then reinstall Windows 7...

Hope this was helpful

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I have 2 ADATA 500 GB external hard drives. I plugged them into the USB port and the computer recognized them by name and installed the driver files. It assigned both of them a drive letter but then gave me a message saying that they needed to be formatted. I clicked ok since they are brand new drives and do not have any data on them, but the format failed to complete on both drives. I took both drives to another PC running Windows Vista and they were recognized and accessible. I even transferred a few files to them for testing purposes; however, when I plugged them back into my Alienware laptop running Windows 7 Ultimate x64, then I got the same error. If I go to the disk manager, then I can see the drives by their drive letter and they are listed as healthy with a primary partition but the file format shows as RAW. I tried to use the device manager and uninstall the USB Mass Storage Device drivers for each drive and then I unplugged them and plugged them in again and I would get a device driver installation message that identifies the drives by name and tells me that the device drivers were installed correctly and that my devices are ready for use but then a few minutes later I will get a message telling me to format the drives. Please help. I've run out of things to try. I can still access my iPhone via USB and my USB wireless mouse still works so I know my USB ports are good.

A:Unable to access or format external hard drives

Try this link and see it helps ya any:

Windows Unable to Format External Hard Drive

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I have a Windows PC used purely for storage. It is shared by 10 other Laptops.

The laptops are running Windows 10.
I created users on the Win 7 PC.
Shared the folders.
Created mapped drives on the Win 10 laptops.
This has been operating with very few issues for a number of years.
Today 2 laptops are unable to access the mapped drives.
I have uninstalled the Antivirus.
I have updated the Intel Lan cards.
Run Ipconfig /renew. Wouldn't renew.

Changed the registry setting - HKey-Local Machine\system\... to allow access.
PROBLEM solved - Windows 7 update caused a conflict. Rolled back to a previous restore point - Bingo it worked.

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I have purchased, installed all of my pertinent programs and files, and have begun using my lovely new HP laptop. All is well but for one major issue.
The new laptop does not have an SD card slot. I did not think this would be a big deal, but it is turning out to be a major pain.

Background Details:
New HP EliteBook
OS - Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64
Full Administrator
I have been completely and miserably unable to access various thumb drives and micro SD cards via two different card readers. Each external drive that has appeared but not allowed me access has been on FAT32-formatted media.
The external drives appear in Windows Explorer as Drive F:\

When I double click the drive icon to view the files therein, I receive the following message:
"You don't currently have permission to access this folder. Click Continue to permanently get access to this folder."

When I click "Continue," I receive the following message: "You have been denied permission to access this folder. To gain access to this folder you will need to use the security tab."

When I right click the drive's icon, there is NO SECURITY TAB.

I have also attempted these same steps and received these same results after setting my UAC settings tab all the way down to "Never Notify me when"

I have also attempted to gain access to the drive and give myself the permissions that I should already have as Administrator via a Command Prompt.

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A:Unable to gain access as Admin to external (FAT32) drives.

Hello MdmRptr. Welcome to the forum.

ACL refers to a Access Control List. This is a type of file security protocol.
Access control list - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

You may need to remove the ACL in order to access the files normally in Windows.

Looking up ACL brings up a lot of Oracle links. Are you - were you - using an Oracle product with these cards/files?
Using Access Control Lists (ACLs) (System Administration Guide, Volume 2)

If it was an Oracle product you could use the method to remove the ACLs here:

If you were using a Linux program you could start here to investigate the removal of the ACL in Linux:

First I've heard of ACLs. Maybe this info will help to point you in the right direction.

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Hi All,

I am running Windows 8.1 pro. When i try to access a network location on another AD Domain (Non trusted), I get the below error.

Once i add the above path as network drive in My computer it gets mapped and works, Then if i access the path from run it works.
I have tried by FQDN and IP both don't work in Run window.
Can any one assist in finding what is the issue and how do i solve it.


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Upgraded from Windows 95 to Windows 98 and then uninstalled Windows 98 due to hard drive space problems. Now my floppy A drive and my CD- rom drive will not function. Both give me the blue screen when I insert the appropriate disc and I have to reboot to free the system. Device drivers show no yellow flags. How can I fix this?

A:CD-rom & floppy A drives

Well, first thing to try is to boot in Safe Mode and see if the floppy works.

Either way, remove floppy controller and CDROM and IDE controller while in Safe Mode and reboot to let windows redect all of the above.

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All of he sudden, I have noticed that my my cd-rw, dvd-rom, and floppy drives have all quit working properly. My floppy keeps stating that I need to format the floppy, even when I click yes, it tells me that I can't reformat it. The cd-writer just "hangs" when you put a disc in it, and the dvd-rom works sometimes, but not all the time. I am running xp and have checked for updates on all my drivers, and it states that they are using the best drivers. I have also uninstalled and rebooted to reinstall, but nothing is helping. I checked the device manager and they all say they are working properly, but I still beg to differ. Does anyone here know what I can do? I just can't believe that they all went bad at the same time! I think it might have something to do with the registry, but i am not sure and even if it was, I wouldn't know how to fix it. ANY help would be great!

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I have just come from a pc audio forum and a thread about (SATA) drives leads to a statement that in certain circumstances a pc can only be re-booted from the A drive.

Now both my pcs are without Floppys and my old 601mhz doorstop has one but is broke.
Floppy drives are just not fitted to modern machines (forget Vista) so is this guy right? Can we be in the position of needing a drive the makers did not fit?


A:Floppy drives

If your computer is able to boot from CD you won't need a floppy drive. You can download bootdisk images for CD here.


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I have 1 floppy drive installed on my pc, now I want to install the other one too. Do i just put it as a slave for the other floppy or what?Thanx

A:2 Floppy drives

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I have no idea what I have another floppy drive: I only have one on my computer. What is going on? It showed up today

Please help me. Take a look at the image. The computer is crazy

A:Two Floppy Drives in XP

Look in your BIOS to see if muptiple floppy drives are enabled

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I am having some serious isues with an older machine. I'm guessing a 133. Haven't checked yet.
The "A" drive readsd as not ready. But the "B" drive will work. The issue is, There is only one Drive. The device manager has two floppy controlers loaded. Uhhhh. I know zippo about hardware, Help.
Can I get ride of this Phantom A drive some how?

Thanks T


A:Two Floppy Drives?

Well, you probably want the A drive to work, and the B drive to disappear.

Check in BIOS and see if there is a SWAP FLOPPY option and see if it is on. Also check to see if BIOS is set to have 2 floppies instead of just the one that really is there.
Get free stuff and help out a poor computer tech


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I have two hard drives hooked up to one cable, A DVD drive and CD-RW hooked up to another and a floppy all by itself. I had to take the ZIP cable off to get my CD-RW up and running.

My question is this. The floppy currently has only one connector on it, can I put another cable on it so that I may hook up my ZIP and floppy on the same cable?

The reason I ask is I will then have 6 units hooked up to the mother board - 2 hard drives, 2 CD drives and a floppy and ZIP on the last one. Should I worry about an overload?

I have a Gateway pentium 2, 350.

Why does the floppy have only 2 connectors, one to hook into the floppy and one to the mother board? That is what threw me off. Is there some logic behind that, that I should be aware of?

I only ask because it is better to be safe thatn sorry.

Thank you in advance.

A:Two hard drives, DVD, CD-R, Zip and a floppy

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I have a system running 32-bit Home Premium and noticed that when I open "My Computer" it shows two floppy drives - A: and B: - even though my system only has one floppy drive (and there's only one showing in BIOS setup). I tried uninstalling drive B:, but the next time I booted, it was reinstalled. I then tried uninstalling both floppies -- when I rebooted, the system promptly reinstalled A: and B:.
Any suggestions on how to correct this? It's not a critical problem, since I have only used my floppy to boot hard drive diagnostics, but it is becoming a major irritant.
Tom Filipi

A:Why do I have 2 floppy drives showing?

OMG! You found B:!!! Nobody has seen B in 2 decades.

Seriously, I'm not sure how to help? B is a legacy thing that was before my time. Were you tooling around in the bios recently?

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How would I go about swapping out floppy drives with another computer? :]

A bit of a dumb question I suppose.. but yeah. Gotta start somewhere.

A:switching out floppy drives >.<

Open the case, disconnect the cables of one drive, and reconnect them to the other. If this is related to your other thread, you still can't reinstall Windows without Windows installation disks.

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Hey, guys. Anybody know of a way to modify a desktop floppy drive to work on a laptop? I don't have the floppy drive that came with my Toshiba Tecra 8100, so right now I'm pretty much SOL.

A:Floppy Drives and laptops

Do you need it to be internal? If not, would a usb floppy drive work for you?

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Hello to anyone who can help me.
I work in IT so normally do the 'support' for my family but this one has me stumped.
The description is a bit indepth but I'm not sure where to go from here apart from a full reinstall which I don't want to do as apart from the problems described, everything works fine
Okay, I have an unmodified Acer Travelmate 2501LC with XP and Nero 6. It has a DVD/CD-RW combo drive and a floppy drive.

Basically the drive will read CDs most of the time, although sometimes it will cause the computer to crash.
However it will not read DVDs, and won't recognise any DVD discs I try. The drive just spins and clicks but not as it normally should. It will also start to burn some CDRs but not complete writing.
Also the the floppy drive on the computer is missing from the "My Computer" folder.

It started with some problems starting from the Hard Drive cause by a bad partition but I fixed that.

In the device manager there is an exclamation mark and the following error listed "Windows successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device. (Code 41)"

There is also a "Standard Floppy Disk Controller" in the device manager which is "Working properly". It appeared about the same time the problem started. I tried uninstalling this driver which leads to an immediate Blue screen of Death! It resets before I can read anything. I've tried to start the PC in Safe m... Read more

A:CD works, DVD does not and floppy drives gone?

First, is this a Desktop or a Laptop? Personally I think the DVD drive is on it's way out and needs replaced. As for the Floppy drive, it is either lost a cable connection or is loose. That is if this is a Desktop. If it is a Laptop I still think the DVD drive is about dead and the floppy could need reseated or it may be bad as well.

DVD drives are fairly cheap these days and floppys aren't worth having anymore.

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My CD rom and CD burner wont detect and my Floppy drive detects but doesn't recognize it when i put a disk in it. I have

Windows XP Pro
P2 400mhz
Matrox Millenium G400 Duelhead (32mb)
Asus 40x
Sony Spressa 8x4x32x


A:My CD-ROM, CD Burner, and 3.5 Floppy Drives

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Is there a external Floppy drive that will work with Windows 95 ? If so where can I get one.


A:External Floppy Drives

USB support in Windows 95 is non-existent unless you have the last revision, C I think, and even in that version almost nothing USB works.

Your best bet would be an internal floppy or if the system supports booting from the CD then that may be another option.

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I recently replaced my IDE and floppy cables. The IDE works fine but I have troubles with the floppy drive. Startup disks don't work and Windows98 wont recognize ANY of my previously functioning diskettes, even though the diskettes work fine on my other computer. I've tried re-using the old floppy cables but I've still had no luck. Any suggestions?

A:Floppy drives suck

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Hi to all !

I just checked and backed up some data on my PCs and had to change HDDs a lot.

Then suddenly my floppy drive didn't work any more.

I have bought a new one, so now I have

2 drives (one new obviously supposed to work)
2 cables
2 PCs

none of the combinations work

I checked the voltages and they are fine

the cables are connected correctly of course ...

any ideas beside FDD controller fried etc ?

The drives are not even detected by the BIOS so it's not a driver issue ...

A:Don't recognize floppy drives any more !!!

Are your floppies enabled in BIOS, i.e. Drive A = 1.44MB?
and none of that Type 3(Japanese) stuff enabled?

You sure you connected the twisted-cable-end to the floppy-drive and have pin 1?red line on cable where it is supposed to be?
Did you check the powercable?
Maybe try another power connector?

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Right, so this is my problem: My sister complained to me that the CD-ROM drive refused to recognise the CDs she was putting in. It kept saying 'The device is not ready' and then giving up altogether. She had tried rebooting, to no avail. I gave it a go too, and it's definatly not a problem with the CDs because it happens no matter what I put it. So I tested the floppy drive which seemed to be working until I tried to remove the disc. It just clunks and won't come out, which means I can't reboot the computer because windows will not load with a floppy in the drive.

Anyone have any bright ideas?!

A:Problems with floppy and CD drives

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I know this is an unusual question but I only ask because me (and my mate) have exactly the same problem, and have heard of a couple of people having this problem. Bare with me as quite difficult to explain...

Start up windows and insert a floppy disk once windows has booted, then you can read the files off it without a problem, however, then swap the disk for another and try to access the files and instead you get the files off the first disk even though it isn't in the drive. Infact can even access the disk without having a disk in the drive atall. Guessing that it writing the files to a cache but not updating it when I change disk. Does anyone know how I can disable this cache as I know it is not the drive itself as works fine on my other pc that uses Windows98se. This is also happening from day 1 and have checked for viruses and spyware.

A:Do floppy drives work in XP

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What would be required to add a third floppy drive to a computer? I know the standard is two drives and I currently run a 5-!/4 and a 3-1/2 on my floppy harness. Can I card the board using one of the ISA sockets, it's a Tyan Trinity Pentium board model 100AT, and then run a harness from the card to the third floppy? If this is possible, is there a plug and play card available for this purpose which would let the system assign the IRQ numbers or do I have go with an ISA style card and then go into the BIOS setup and physically declare/set/adjust the required default/IRQ's? I know that the easiest solution would be to just run the two drives and replace the old 5.* with a 3.5 but I like the notion of still having the older drive available for emergencies. Please advise.

A:Adding Floppy Drives

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I'm looking to add a 5.25" Floppy drive to my system. However, there is a problem. The system only supports one drive at a time, it does support 5.25" drives. Is there any way to make the BIOS work with 2 drives. I've also seen combo drives like the Teac fd-505 which only uses one connector. will this solve my problem?

A:Dual Floppy Drives

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I just replaced my old conventional case and power supply with an ATX case and power supply. I thought I had damaged my 3.5 floppy drive in the process opf transfering everything from one case to the other, so I bought a new 3.5 floppy. The sales clerk asked me if I wanted an AT drive or an ATX drive. I said ATX. The system still won't read the drive. The message I get is "Floppy drives fail (40)". I bought a new cable, and I have checked and double checked that it is attached properly. What is the difference in these drives, why won't the system recognize or read the drive, and what do you suggest?

Ken Bennet

A:Floppy drives fail(40)

AT and ATX refer to the power supply/case and motherboard. They have nothing to do with any other parts (FD, HD, video, etc).

I have no idea what the clerk was talking about. What is the brand / model of the drive you got?

Did you double check in BIOS to make sure the drive settings are correct? In the move, BIOS might have gotten messed up and now thinks you have a 5.25" drive, for instance.

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Subject Floppy Problem
Question Bought and installed an Asus P4VP-MX MB (computer upgrade)
It sees the floppy drive, and device mgr. says AOK.
It refuses to see any floppy disks.
Checked connections, even replaced ribbon cable with two new cables.
Installed known working replacement floppy drive. Same condition.
Bought new USB floppy drive. Same thing: computer sees drive (drive B), but does not see disks (have tried numerous working disks.
Returned MB to vendor. Vendor affirmed connection on MB not working; claimed I broke the MB. How?
Bought a replacement Asus P4VP-MX M from another vendor.
Same situation; neither internal nor USB drive can see a disk, although the computer sees and validates both drives and the driver (device mgr)
I have replaced the driver several times.
Also upgraded BIOS to Asus1008
Using XP
Would appreciate your help.
Thanks. Jay Strickler, Woodcreek, TX

A:Drives Can't See Floppy Disks

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When I run my motherboard driver disc to create RAID drivers onto a floppy (I still have no OS installed yet), it asks me to insert a floppy... into drive B:\. Sadly, when I run FreeDos from the disc...

A:\cd B:

FAIL (or similar message)


A:Floppy drives... sort of.

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if i buy a new computer that dose not come with a floppy drive, woul dit be hard to switch the floppy drive from my new computer from my old one? I currently have a gateway.

A:changed floppy drives

Nope, you jsut use the floppy IDE cable that is in the Gateway, and plug it in to the new motherboard. Then, take the power connector from the new computer and plug it into the floppy. It should work fine, but you might end up not having a little front cover for it...it'll stilll work fine, but it won't look as good.

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What is safest way to clean the 3.5", DVD, & CDROM drives in a computer with canned compressed air?

A:Aircleaning Floppy, DVD, & CDROM Drives

Are you removing from the computer and removing the covers? If so be careful, the canned air should not harm them. The reason I would remove the covers is if it is an old computer with accummulated dust around the door or drawer. With out the cover off you could dislodge a large clump of dust that could cause jam up of mechainical parts or cover laser lens. Just my opinion.

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xxxxxx Rumba352
11 November 2005.
1715 Hrs. Central U.S. time.

SUBJECT: O.S. won't read new floppy disk drives.

Operating system being used: Windows XP Professional (with SP#2).

I bought two new Imation floppy disk drives.

I installed them into both my computers.

Problem: The operating system won't read them.

Details of problem:

When a blank floppy disk is in the drive, I get the following message.
"The volume does not contain a recognized file system.
Please make sure that all required file system drivers
are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted."

When a floppy disk (with something on it) is in the drive,
I get the following message.
"No ID address mark was found on the floppy disk."

I wrote the E-support address for Imation.
They told me ...
You are using Win. XP Pro. (SP#2),
you don't need a driver.

Question: Well, what do I do in order to get
these new floppy drives to work properly?

Thank You.

Awaiting your response.


A:O.S. won't read new floppy disk drives.

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I Am Running Windows 2000 Professional. When I Load Software Into The Cd Drives, The Drive Starts Up But I Cannot Run The Software. I Get The Message D:\ Is Not Accessible Incorrect Function. Do I Have A Problem With Ide? When I Right Click On The Drives And Select Eject, The Bay Ejects And Windows States That All The Drivers Are Up To Date?

A:Cd, Cdrw, Floppy Drives Can't Read

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Maybe someone has the answer to the following floppy drive conundrum?
I'm currently looking at a 586 which has a 5.25 1.2Mb floppy as drive A and a 3.5 1.44Mb floppy as drive B.
As the reverse is a more normal setup, I have changed the drive assignments and parameters in BIOS so that A is now the 1.44 and B is the 1.2.
Windows 98 however only partially recognises the switched drives.
In My Computer A drive shows as a 5.25 and if I wish to format it will only allow 1.2Mb capacity - similar problem with the other drive.
Seems like Win98 doesn't take much notice of the BIOS.
Because of the cramped internals of this machine I would prefer not to have to physically reposition and make up a custom floppy cable.
Does anyone have a fix for this?

A:{SOLVED} Swapping Floppy drives in Win 98

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I'm wondering if it's possible to install and use two floppy drives in this computer. Since it has two floppy drive bays, I have been wondering if it will work.

A:Dimension 8400: Two Floppy Drives

I'm wondering if it's possible to install and use two floppy drives in this computer. Since it has two floppy drive bays, I have been wondering if it will work.
No, the Dimension 8400 motherboard only supports one Floppy Drive.
See page 71, Here:

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