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    Floppy drive tries to access disk

    I have a dial-up connection. When I start IE, my modem starts dialing, as it should. But the floppy disk drive in my Dell tries to access a disk even though there isn't one in the drive. Any explanations?

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    Re: Floppy drive tries to access disk

    I have seen this caused by someone having recently opened, or saved, a file on the floppy. Windows occassionally seems to get an urge to check the recently used files and rattles the floppy to look for it.

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    Re: Floppy drive tries to access disk

    Stuart's right and clearing could be quick and easy or a boring chore of registry modifications. The quick and easy way is to look at the recently used Documents on the Start Menu to see if any is identified with an A: before the filename. If yes, you can right-click the Start button and clear them away. If that doesn't do it, you "could" use Regedit to search through the registry for MRU entries with an A: as another alternative. As I said, in addition to being time consuming and boring, it does hold some risk and you'd be wise to make backup copies of the registry files in question.

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    Re: Floppy drive tries to access disk

    This used to happen in Win 95, but I haven't seen it yet <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16> in Win 98. Anyhow, <!mskb=272242>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 272242<!/mskb> describes a similar problem & registry entry necessary. I checked my system & it's still the same in Win 98.
    Hope this helps,

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    Re: Floppy drive tries to access disk

    I agree with all of that Al. I used to use the laborious process of searching the registry for "A:" references and deleting judiciously. Unfortunately it's not appropriate to do an "across the board" sweep, as things like installation paths might contain an "A:". I think something like EasyCleaner will do the hard yards for you without doing any indiscriminate deleting, allowing you to browse & delete at your own discretion. Another I just found, that I must try out is MRU-Blaster. Both are <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware... naturally <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.

    Alan

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    Re: Floppy drive tries to access disk

    <hr>...things like installation paths might contain an "A:"... <hr>
    Yeah, that's why I mentioned that it's so time consuming and boring. You HAVE to search the registry for MRU elements only. I don't know if I would trust the job to a third-party app. It's a little too specific for my tastes.

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    Re: Floppy drive tries to access disk

    I think we're agreeing on this from different directions. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> I've found the value of these 3rd party apps is to present the user with a "table" of such search results, from which deletions can be appropriately selected, based on key, entry, value etc. This takes an awful lot of spade work out of the process of searching using a "Find Next" repetition. I wasn't suggesting allowing the 3rd party app to do any of the deleting automatically.

    I just gave JV PowerTools a whirl at this and it even adds comments like: "This item was ignored because of the Ignore list. (Ignored word was: "Install")." to various "unfound" items. IMHO, it's a faster AND safer alternative than the manual method. Using such an application also has the advantage of creating automatic backups so that an inappropriate deletion can be reinstated.

    Alan

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