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Boot failure, faulty floppy drive?

Q: Boot failure, faulty floppy drive?

Hi we ve been having a problem floppy failure, Boot drive? faulty with our pc sometimes about of all bootups approximately it freezes on the very first screen The screen is showing something to do with the graphics processor a logo or brand name or something however we changed the graphics card and this did not fix the problem so perhaps its something to do with the motherboard s own graphics unit The motherboard is an ms- Btw One thing we have noticed is that you can tell when the boot is going to fail because the floppy drive does not make its usual clicking noise which it does on a successfull boot So the question I Boot failure, faulty floppy drive? have for any of you who may know could it be something up with the floppy drive causing the system not to boot up Apart from removing the floppy drive is there anything we could do We have also replaced the Hard drive and that hasn t fixed the problem Thanks for any help Tom nbsp

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A: Boot failure, faulty floppy drive?

It would be easiest to change the boot order in the BIOS to the hard drive first with the floppy drive and optical drive after the hard drive. It doesn't matter that much which is second or third. This way it should skip over the floppy and boot from the hard drive. If you still have trouble booting, there may be something wrong with the hard drive. If it's fine, then there might be something wrong with the floppy. You could just disconnect it, remove it or replace it. Your choice.
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A:Win XP: Keyboard failure, stuck floppy drive on boot

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A:Floppy diskette failure on boot up...

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A:Floppy Drive Failure

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The strange part is, I've searched my tower, and I can't see a floppy diskette drive anywhere?

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A:[SOLVED] floppy diskette seek failure on boot

and welcome to the Forum

Hard to say, but the easiest thing would be to borrow a ps/2 keyboard to try. Many BIOS will not recogognize a usb keyboard untill the operating system loads
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A:floppy is faulty!

have u tried accessing the floppy in dos?
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A:Faulty Floppy/Backup

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A:Boot Problem- Floppy Drive

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A:Floppy drive/boot problems.

First make sure the floppy drive cable is proper installed. Is a common cause. You can get it in backwards. If the LED is on all the time, the cable is incorrectly installed for sure.

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Welcome to TechSpot
When you change motherboards, you will have to re-install from scratch. It will never start your old Windows from a new mobo.
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Hello skimer. You will need to enter the BIOS setup using F2.

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A:keyboard failure, floppy diskette failure,

Since this is happening during POST, I'd say that your mobo is bad. Since your keyboard works on a different computer, that's definitely not the issue. Here's what I'd do:

1) Remove all components that don't need to be there (i.e. RAM, floppy drive, NIC (if it's not integrated), CD/DVD drive(s), and any non-essential PCI cards

2) Boot the PC.

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If not, I'd say that your mobo is definitely dead.

[edit - Be sure to power off and unplug the PC when removing and reinstalling components.]

Once you find the bad component, you know what to replace. Or it could be that one of the components, such as the RAM, just needed to be reseated.

Let me know how this goes.
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The BIOS was reset to default values. Enter the BIOS at startup and change the boot order priority to the sata hdd first. Locate the screen with the setting for the floppy drive and set that drive to disabled or none. If there's a setting called halt on disk errors change it to "no errors but keyboard" or something like that. Once you're back within windows run chkdsk c: /R to correct errors in the file system caused by the hard restart (answer y when prompted to schedule the scan at next startup and restart the computer).

What's the brand, model and wattage of your power supply ? The freezing wasn't necessarily caused by the antivirus, could have been caused by an underpowered power supply. With an overclocked quad core and a 8800GT you need a quality 700W+ supply. Locate the hardware monitor screen in the BIOS and report your temps, fan speeds and voltages.


Don't ask me how I have an Apple OS on my comp the answer might violate the forums rules...but that OS isn't the problem.

Actually mentioning it already violates the forum rules. Please read them if you didn't already : Also read this. I'll pass this time cause it's your first post but I'll have to issue an official warning next time.
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Hello and welcome to Techspot.

It sounds to me like your hard drive has already failed.

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Take a look at this article HERE

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Can Windows actually read floppies with that drive?

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Is the F2 key not working before the error comes up?

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