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    Quick Launch Toolbar and A Drive shortcut (WinXP Pro SP1)

    This is more of an annoyance than anything but any light being shed would be appreciated.

    I run WinXP Pro SP1 and my shortcut to 3 1/2 Floppy A in the Quick Launch toolbar does not work any more. I've created one on the desktop which works fine but as soon as I copy the shortcut to the Quick Launch toolbar it asks you to insert a disk into Drive A (one is already in there) then asks you to browse for the missing shortcut. Finally it proposes to change the shortcut to the first folder alphabetically on the C: Drive!

    The properties of both shortcuts are identical as far as I can see so I'm now at a loss as to what to try <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    I'm logged in as an administrator so no permission problems.

    Could there be Registry Issue here? (shudder)
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    Re: Quick Launch Toolbar and A Drive shortcut (WinXP Pro SP1)

    My suggestion:

    Delete all Floppy shortcuts from your desktop and Quick Launch TB.
    Go to My Computer and, with a floppy in the drive, double click on the Floppy Drive icon.
    a. If you can read the floppy with no problems, close window, and remove floppy.
    b. If you cannot read the floppy, swap floppy disks until you find a readable floppy, then close window and remove floppy.
    Drag the Floppy Drive icon from My Computer to your QuickLaunch toolbar and drop it - a shortcut will be created on your QLTB and you should be good to go.

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    Re: Quick Launch Toolbar and A Drive shortcut (WinXP Pro SP1)

    Hi Steve,
    I think that you will find that this little "annoyance" is going to be around for a good long while. I had the same issue on my XP system back in September and it persists to this day. If you right click on the icon for the A: drive in the Quick Launch bar and choose Open from the list, I'll bet the drive will open normally.

    All attempts to create shortcuts in other places using every method available to create those shortcuts, produced mixed but unsuccessful results. If I was able to create a shortcut that did work (I believe Bill's method was one of the ways) it only worked temporarily and then reverted to the same behavior (usually the very next time I tried to use the shortcut). Now, the Quick Launch icon only accesses the zip drive via the right-click menu. All other shortcuts to it on the system perform normally.

    If you resolve this little conundrum, PLEASE post the fix !!! <img src=/S/please.gif border=0 alt=please width=31 height=23>
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    Re: Quick Launch Toolbar and A Drive shortcut (WinXP Pro SP1)

    Let me add that the problem you describe can be caused when the system "thinks" there is still (or should be) a disk in the drive. To ensure all counters were reset is why I had you insert a readable disk in the drive, properly exited the window, and removed the disk, before dragging your icon over and creating your shortcut.

    The shortcut can become corrupt later on if you click on your new Icon and there is no disk or an unreadable disk in the drive, and the system is left in that state - that is, the system is still looking to close out all handles and hooks. To uncorrupt it again, insert a known readable floppy, make sure you can access the disk, then PROPERLY close the window.

    To prevent it from becoming corrupt again, make sure it has a readable (or about to be formatted) disk in it before clicking on the icon.

    I've used copies of the floppy icon in this manner for years.
    Bill (AFE7Ret)
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