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    floppy disk (6 SP1)

    When I initially start up Internet Explorer, my floppy disk drive is accessed before I can go to a site.
    Why does this happen and is there a way to stop it?
    If there is no floppy disk in the drive it cranks a few times and then the site is found.
    I have broadband service using an ADSL ethernet modem.
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    Re: floppy disk (6 SP1)

    Sounds suspicious, but doesn't ring any bells. Apart from the usual virus and spyware scans, you could try the Sysinternals program FileMon to capture some data about the sequence of disk accesses made by IE. But I'm not sure that really would lead to a clear answer...

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    Re: floppy disk (6 SP1)

    I've run Spybot and my virus definitions have been up to date daily.
    This disk access thing has been happeneing for quite a while. It isn't really a big problem but it does delay my internet access a bit. I just wanted to see if it could be eradicated.
    I'm running Win '98 and don't know what you mean by "sys internals program" nor can I find a program called FileMon in my computer.
    So much for that.
    Perhaps someone else may have a solution.
    I do recall a while back that someone wrote in and asked about the floppy disk being accessed. They were worried that it might harm the drive. Unfortunately I didn't follow the thread.
    Thanks for you prompt reply.
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    Re: floppy disk (6 SP1)

    FileMon is not on your PC by default; it is a free utility you can download from SysInternals Freeware. You can install it and use it to monitor which files your system opens/tries to open.

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    Re: floppy disk (6 SP1)

    OK. I've run filemon thanks to Hans and I searched for a: to find any attempts at access when IE is run.
    Here is what I find.
    a:MW.ICO request attributes.
    What does that mean? It appears to do this each time the program is run.
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    Re: floppy disk (6 SP1)

    1. Did you download something from Internet Explorer directly to floppy disk recently? See what the default location is if you try to download something, for example right-click one of the Lounge graphics and select 'Save picture as'. If it tries to download to A:, select another location and click OK.

    2. If that does not help, see if clearing your Internet Explorer history helps (Tools | Internet Options..., General tab)

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    Re: floppy disk (6 SP1)

    Hans,
    the default folder for my downloads is "My Pictures"
    I clear my history every morning.
    Have you any other suggestions?
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    Re: floppy disk (6 SP1)

    Jack

    Try the suggestions at annoyances.org

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    Re: floppy disk (6 SP1)

    An .ICO file generally is a diminutive bitmap image file intended to be displayed as an icon. On the web, .ICO files can be associated with a page or site as its "Favicon." Otherwise, it's difficult to think of any icons that IE should be searching for...

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    Re: floppy disk (6 SP1)

    Thanks Tony.
    I went to "annoyances ". The floppy kicke in as I fired up IE.
    I tried the MSDOS.SYS thing but there is no load command anyway. Also I removed the Floppy device and redetected it.
    I didn't want to play with the registry.
    No luck so far. The floppy still kicks into action when running IE 6
    Any other suggestions?
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    Re: floppy disk (6 SP1)

    You might search the registry (using RegEdit) for <code>A:</code> without changing anything. Just searching cannot do any harm to your system.

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    Re: floppy disk (6 SP1)

    My guess would be that you have something on your Links Toolbar, or in your favorites folder that is pointing at the A: drive for its Icon.
    Legare Coleman

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    Re: floppy disk (6 SP1)

    Legare:
    YOU ARE CORRECT.
    I found a link in my favourites folder that was calling for an icon which I noticed took a bit longer than the other links to show.
    I deleted it and there is no more floppy disk accessing.
    Thanks to you and all those others who have taken the time to help me with my problem.
    I'm constantly amazed at the wealth of knowledge I have "access" to on this list.
    Let's hope I can be of service some time too.
    Thanks again,
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    Re: floppy disk (6 SP1)

    Hans:
    Thanks for your efforts.
    The problem is solved. See Legare's post.
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    Re: floppy disk (6 SP1)

    Tony:
    The problem is solved.
    Thanks for your help.
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