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    Floppies (XP SP-1)

    I'm setting up my daughter's PC...

    If Windows (XP) sees the floppy, BUT the BIOS (via setup) doesn't, what could this possibly be?

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    Re: Floppies (XP SP-1)

    Could it be that the floppy is a USB device and the BIOS doesn't do USB device detection?

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    Re: Floppies (XP SP-1)

    Jeff:

    USB... how the devil do I find that out without taking out the floppy?

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    Re: Floppies (XP SP-1)

    Chuck,

    Right click My Computer. Select Manage. Click on Device Manager. Find the floppy drive and see how it is configred.

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    Re: Floppies (XP SP-1)

    Joe:

    Did, and it appears to be "standard"... but then raises the question if it gives me "This disk does not appear to be formatted" on several disks that I KNOW contain data, ... ??

    And then what of the BIOS "Not installed"

    (I understand this is probably the wrong forum, but I didn't want to lose the thread...)

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    Re: Floppies (XP SP-1)

    Chuck,
    Seems like you may have a hardware problem. Floppy drives are notoriously unreliable. Reading a floppy created on another system is by no means guaranteed. Maybe one of the moderators can move this to the hardware board.

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    Re: Floppies (XP SP-1)

    Joe:

    OK, thanks. Although I understand and agree, I also have never yet seen a situation where a standalone can survive without a floppy, so the problem/issue becomes more perplexing.

    I'll be watching for any forum change.

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    Re: Floppies (XP SP-1)

    I agree with Joe that it would now seem more Hardware related so will move the thread shortly.
    I would also agree that floppy drives seem to have become less reliable over the last few years, most likely because the 'reliable' manufacturers have given up producing them. Big names such as Dell don't even bother to fit them as standard, and I think I've only used one myself in the last twelve months.

    Were the floppies written to by the machine you are trying to read them from?
    If not, can they be read by the original machine? If so, at least one of the drives would seem suspect, but which one may be anyone's guess...

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    Re: Floppies (XP SP-1)

    Leif:

    Dell says it may be a wiring issue, as the BIOS seems to be "on again off again".

    So thjey want me to check all cables etc. for tightness etc... That'll be this eve, and then I'll see from there...

    Thanks to all for their assistance and insight.

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