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my computer won't start if my floppy is connected

Q: my computer won't start if my floppy is connected

I just built my first computer, but i am having some difficulty. My computer will not show video when i boot if the floppy is connected. I disconnect the floppy and it will show video. Everything else runs fine once you get it going. I have tried replacing the motherboard and that didn't work. I have replaced the floppy and that didn't work. I even replace the floppy cables and that didn't work. Please help me if you can.



A: my computer won't start if my floppy is connected

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my computer is working normally without connecting the cd ,but when its connected it the computer doesnt recognize neither the cd nor the hard disk and it doesn't start
both are IDE

A:my computer doesn't start when the cd is connected

Hi honaplus and welcome to TSG.

If they are both on the same IDE cable, you need to check the jumper settings on the hard drive to see if it configured as the Master or CS (Cable Select).

If it is jumpered to be the Master, you need to set the jumpers on the CD drive to Slave.

If it is jumpered to use Cable Select, you need to make sure the IDE cable is the CS type with a Blue connector to the motherboard, Black connector for the primary (Hard) drive and a Gray connector for the secondary (CD) drive. The CD drive then needs to be jumpered to use CS.

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A dell inspiron mini 10 i have, stalls halfway threw the dell flag start up screen, when no usb installed boots fine, it runs a windows xp, O'S which will soon be finishing updates so i was going to install ubunta and give the notebook to a friends 7 year old for school, as i dont use it and its a light computer to carry.

As far as i renember the issue with usb stick has always been there from start up, but was not a problem, but as i want to install an OS from usb it now is a major one as this is the only way to do it, only option in OS bootup menu is hard drive nothing else there, i then went into bios setup utilty advanced press f12, boot menu has +infront of hard drive, +not in front of usb storage, cd/ dvd , removeable devices, network book i can not change order set up.

This started as small easy thing to do, but now has me brainshook any help will be welcomed.

A:[SOLVED] computer stalls when usb connected at start up

Try this....reboot the computer and just after the post beep, start tapping the F12 key repeatedly until the advanced boot menu appears, from there pick the usb hdd.

Do you have the usb set as a bootable USB device. If not it won't recognize it. You will need the ISO of your OS and use Rufus to create a bootable USB. Rufus is free and I use it all the time.

Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way

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Floppy no longer able to be used in W2K, was OK earlier.
Have not yet loaded SP4. Does work OK booting a DOS disk.
Std Floppy disk controller Properties, in Device Mgr, says OK.
I/O is 03F7-03F7, IRQ = 6, DMA = 2, No conflicts, is enabled.
Doing an 'uninstall' does so, reappears upon a Restart.
But no actual access, A: is not seen in My Computer.
Between the time it worked and now, ~list of new adders:
HP1200 laserjet, plugged in 2 external USB HDDs, each with
2 partitions. Have re-FDISKed both to single partitions, still
no floppy, floppy still works OK from DOS boot.
Have not done any registry tweaks or cleaning. Now what?

A:Floppy not connected in W2K

Hi and welcome. Not sure if this is an option in 2K, but can you right click on my computer, properties, performance, anything there about msdos compatibility mode?

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Can the system run without the floppy drivr connected? I replaced my cd rom and now the floppy cable is not long enough.

A:3.5 floppy is not connected

Yes you can run without an A: drive but is a nuisance if you want to save to floppy or have to boot to DOS. You can move the drive to another bay if you have one open, if the drive doesnt fit (bay too wide) you can get a kit to make it fit. I think you may also be able to get a longer cable if you hunt around.

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another problem, the floppy disk doesn't read anything. I've connected the large wire to the mother board and I see there's the led switch on, telling me that the floppy is on. however there is another wire with 4 smaller cables inside , do i have to connect that cable somewhere? if yes, where? cause i didnd't see anything in the mother board or anywhere else.
can anyone give me links to some photos of how a motherboard has to be connected to all the other devices?
thanks a lot

A:floppy not connected, how?

Hi, The floppy ribbon cable has a twist at one end, and that end must go to the back of the drive. You see a red stripe on one edge of the ribbon- that red side must correspond to pin1 for the motherboard port (also called channel, connector) The pin1 side may be marked, usually is, but its hard to read, get a magnifying glass and/or a good light to see if it is. The drive may also be labeled with a "1" and "34" the red stripe side of the ribbon goes to 1. The other wire you need for floppy drive has thin red, black wires going to a usually white slide-on connector, that is keyed so it goes on only one way.
The hard drive and CD drive works much the same, pin1 side to pin1 between drive and motherboard.
Here are some sites:

That should keep you occupied for awhile!

There are many important things to learn about configuring a system, not only just the motherboard. Each one can be different, but each should have a manual. The manuals dont explain everything about building the thing, just the steps to set it up, usually. You also have to know about the BIOS/CMOS or setup, to enter the correct settings for the board and operating system, other hardware.

Now, this site will take you days to get through, bu... Read more

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I have a problem that was previously posted to the forum in 2004 but never appeared to receive an answer.

For my CD and DVD drives, floppy drive and usb ports (for flash memory stick and and digital camera), if media are inserted/connected when the machine boots up everything is OK. However, when new media are inserted/connected AFTER booting up they are not recognised. The new media is detected but is not reachable. If the media is present at bootup it works OK, but if then taken out and put back, even though it is the same media in the same place, it no longer works.

This was not a problem up to about a month ago - can't be exact. Up to that point I could change media any time I wanted with no problem. It may have been following an XP SP2 update but I can't be certain.

If I try to access media that has been inserted/connected after bootup it is treated as if it is there but unrecognisable.
E.g. If I attach a memory stick, Windows explorer shows removable disk against the next drive letter (it also does exactly this for my digital camera in the USB port) but no other information. If you click on it, it puts up the popup box 'device not recognisable or not formatted, format now? In device manager, under usb controllers it shows usb mass storage device but under disk drives it shows the appropriate device (in my example a disgo usb device).

I have tried
- Unistalling USB devices and allowing XP to find them again
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A:Floppy/CD/DVD/USB don't detect media inserted/connected after bootup

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Now I have used the drive and it works fine, and when I push f1 it works as normal, just really annoying.

I have tried switch the cable and, switching the cable that bring the power, any ideas?

A:When I start my computer, it reports: "FLOPPY DISK(S) FAILURE (40)"

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Hi guys & gals,
I'm a bit of a newbie so please give it to me in leymans terms. I have bought a second hand tower (time) with no o/s. Has had millenium & xp home installed previously. I have deleted existing partition & created a new one. dvd/rw doesn't seem to want to know so am attempting to boot from 6 floppy set (win xp pro). All goes well until disk 6, where the system seems to hang (please wait...) nothing else happens. Keyboard doesn't respond. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated

A:xp start up from floppy

Do you have a copy of XP for that machine and what are the specifications of the machine?

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A friend is trying to reinstall windows 98 on a computer. He has the original install disks (the floppy startup and the cd.) with the floppy disk in during start up it won't recognize it at all as a start up disk. He is able to start up to a command prompt on the hard drive; but, once there the floppy drive isn't "ready". It says "abort, fail, retry?" How can we get the computer to recognize and read the disk in the drive?

A:pc won't recognize floppy start up disks

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my computer was giving me a floppy disc failure at start up and i read your forum here,

i do not have a floppy drive, and i also have a custom built computer, in the bio screen i think i may have screwed up i checked cd drive for first boot up and then hard drive for second, also i unchecked floppy, i just feel like i have done something wrong. and nervous about the fact that messed with the bio in the first place. my computer is running now though, can you tell me exactly what order i should have the boot sequence in?

since this is my first post if i have left anything out please let me know and i will repost.

thanks so much for your time.


A:floppy disc error at start up

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Win 7 OS. When I pop in a floppy 1.44 it won't auto start. It will only start if I enter in a: in the start box. Looked at auto start list and it's not listed. Tried auto fix but it won't work either. Says..... Microsoft autoplay repair wizard has stopped working. Problem event name : APPCRASH. This is a new build system. Thanks

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PLEASE before you answer do not forget that my knowledge in computers is
started.sorry for that but this is the true.
My pc has: Intel pentium(r)II processor Intel MMX(TM)Technology.192MB
RAM (350MHZ)
Also the operating system is win98 first edition.

When I am try to play a data cd I have the following messageG:\IS NOT

Why the small green light in the floppy drive is always open? From the
time I switch on till the shut down the system.

I find just by accident that the start up folder is empty is that ok? I
try to show you now what I did: I click window explorer then click
windows then
start menu then
programs then click start-up folder.

In my old laptop one GATEWAY 2000 COLORBOOK 2 VERSION 3.02.00.
With base memory 640Kb,extended memory 7168Kb,shadow memory
128Kb,reserved memory 256Kb,and TOTAL memory 8192Kb.

When I switch on and waiting to boot up, I have the following

so, after that F1 to continue and when I am try to
type FDISK the message says:
Also,IF I try to type FORMAT C: /s then the message says:

I sorry but all these problems above for me that I
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A:4,problems For A Biginner(cd,floppy,boot-up,start Up )

Problem 1:

How are you trying to access the data CD? Thru 'my computer' or by the start, run menu? What's on the data cd? Did someone burn it for you? Is it a CD-R disk or CDRW?

Problem 2:

The floppy drive light should NOT stay on. It should come on briefly while the computer is starting, then go of.....if it remains lit, the floppy cable is more than likely on backwards. What's the history of the computer?

Problem 3:

Not a problem.....many startup folders are empty.....that's not a bad way to have it......

Problem 4:

Possible big problems. More than likely it started with the CMOS battery died. Can you acces the bios setup?

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I have recently had to do a reinstall of winxp.
Everything works fine except every 3rd or 4th reboot as the system is starting my floppy drive is not recognised. There is a "(40)" code next to the message, then "press F1 to continue".
Once windows is up and running, device manager shows that the floppy drive is there, as is the drive controller.
I insert a disk and everthing operates.
So why the message on reboot and can I fix it?

A:(Resolved) floppy drive not recognised during start

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I would appreciate some guidance in how I make a start-up floppy disc for my Win XP Pro system.


A:Solved: making a start=up floppy disc

There isn't really one. Unless you purchase NTFSDOS, you can't access the NTFS file system from DOS.

But, a floppy that contains some startup files that sometimes go missing and that will help with some unbootable systems is here: Bootable XP Sysboot Floppy

Generally, you boot from the XP CD and enter the Recovery Console.

If you need to start setup from floppies, you can make the 6-floppy set with this:

XP Setup Boot Disks

You can also install the Recovery Console to your hard drive so that it is a boot option in case you have problems.

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Okay, so the other day my brother told me that our desktop would not start. I checked it out and tried to fix it but to no avail.
When the system was loading it popped up as Floppy drive error (40) and then the screen saying Windows did not start successfully, start in safe mode, last known good config, etc. I tried all of those options but Windows just wouldn't load.
I googled the error on my laptop to see if I could fix the problem and found it was actually common, so I followed the steps that others suggested by disabling the floppy drive in BIOS but that just stopped the error from popping up. Windows still wouldn't load.
I took off the case because thats what others suggested but since the computer doesn't even have a floppy drive I had no idea what I was doing.
Running Windows XP and I can't really find out the rest of the specs because I can't even load windows

A:Floppy disk error (40)... Windows will not start

If the system doesn't have a floppy drive...and that error came up...I would suspect a problem in the CMOS, specifically...the CMOS battery.

I would replace it...reset the time/date and elect default CMOS settings (ensuring that the hard drive is the first boot option) the changes and try to boot.


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A couple of months ago the folks here helped get rid of the floppy issue. Now after installing Ms Essentialks it has started back doing the same thing as before. When I access Firefox or Thunderbird the drive lights up for 10 seconds. I forgot what I did to fix it. I have no idea why the new Micrsoft program seems to have caused this if it did. Help

A:floppy drive lights up when apps start

There are a couple of suggestions here ->

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SO I go to turn on my laptop and it doesnt start.... It comes on and i see the Sony welcome screen then it asks which mode i want to start it in. Ive tried Just about every mode listed. Safemode, safe mode command, Regular, LAst working. None of them work. It gets to the windows loading screen and about 5 secs in i get the blue screen of death and it restarts and does the entire thing over again. I heard that you can make a boot disc with a floppy. Well the problem is i have a newer Xp laptop and they dont put floppys on laptops anymore. So what are my other free options.

I have a sony Sz110 With Xp Home. Sony support deffinately was no help.

A:Won't Start Or Go Into Safe Mode.. No Floppy Drive.

You can also make a boot disk on a CD ( )But we'll need to know what the BSOD says in order to help troubleshoot the issue. There's pictures at this link ( ) that'll show you what info we need. Have you selected the option (on the screen with Safe Mode) to disable automatic reboot? That'll leave the BSOD up long enough to read the info.

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Dell XPS 400 Desktop with Pentium D processor with Windows XP media edition
When I reboot it it gives me the error " Floppy Diskette seek failure"
This computer does not come with a floppy disk and I have changed the boot sequence to start from the Hard drive in "O".
How do I eliminate this message?

Additionally it lists other places where the it did not find drives
Drive not found -serial ATA drive 1
drive 2
same drive 3

Then it states
Strike the F1 key to continue, the F2 for setup utility

However, when I strike the F1 key the computer boots up.

I do not want to go through this ; what do I do?

What are *Tags* (As seen below my posting)

A:Floppy Diskette Seek Failure at start up !

Tags are keywords you can enter to make this post easier to find using search functions and search engines like google.
Generally speaking when you have a computer prompting you to Press F1 to load defaults, F2 to enter setup on boot it means that the cmos retention battery on the motherboard (shiny coinlike thing with number 2034 of 2072 on it) is dead . This battery provides power to the CMOS memory which retains user changeable BIOS configuration data and run the clock when the computer is powered down. With internet time sync people no longer notice that the clock is running slow (the first sign that the battery is dieing) and see nothing until the computer forgets all the bios configuration data . Then it either cannot find the hard drive or defaults to a setting which may list things like a floppy drive in boot order which are not there.

The solution is to unplug the computer and open the case. Locate the battery and note the number and go to the store and buy a new one (walmart, grocery store, home depot, electronics store, radio shack) good price is about a dollar, really overcharging is about five. Still cheap at the price.
Bring it home, open the blister pack , pop out the old battery and pop in the new.
Close up , plug in and on boot press F2 to enter bios setup.
The first thing is to choose to load optimal defaults. This will do what pressing F1 would do , and ninety percent of the settings will be correct.
You should still do a little follow up; like checkin... Read more

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i have windows xp, i also have a dial up connection at home. the dial up worked fine until i took my computer to work to download a game from the high speed net there. when i got the computer home ii hooked it back up and dialed up it connected then i tried to view my webpage. it said page cant be displayed. my downloader was disconnected to. i had all the signs i was not connected to the internet but i was. i called my isp provider and they told me my ip address was gone on my computer. they tried some stuff but none of it worked they told me to call hp and have them help me setup a new ip address but my warranty is up so it cost to much for their help. can one of u guys help me with this im desperate.

A:computer is connected to the internet but is not actually connected?

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When not able to boot into the "OS," and when either of the following boot disks
is used to boot into the OS. A) Disk #01 ( 3 files ) boot.ini;;
NTLDR. B) Disk #02 ( 14 Files ); EGA2.CPI; IO.SYS; KEYBRD2.SYS;
using Disks 1 thru 6 (setup disks). Does this getinto the OS ( as in this case, XP Home )
or in my experience, after booting with either disks and going thru all the files, the
system will ask for the ( OS compact disk ) to further proceed. Or as in the past,
I rebooted with the ( OS CD ) and performed a repair. I guess my question is why ?
Use the above floppies when a CD is available ? I was under the
impression that the 2 floppies eliminated the use of the ( OS CD ) and this would get you
into the existing OS ? Need some guidance here !! OS XP Home SP3


A:XP Home Start up floppy boot disk usage

From Microsoft

"The Windows XP startup disk allows computers without a bootable CD-ROM to perform a new installation of the operating system. The Windows XP startup disk will automatically load the correct drivers to gain access to the CD-ROM drive and start a new installation of Setup."

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Hi all, wonder is someone can help me out. I have a hp desktop pc, had it for a few years now with no problems. Went to switch it on this morning and it just started making this odd clicking sound (like when something loads from the floppy?) it is repetitive, doesnt stop until the computer is unplugged, starts it again immediately if you plug it back in, without even pressing the on button. the light on the back on the power supply flashes and the fan appears to twitch around rather than spinning. Im getting nothing on the screen, the hard drive isnt spinning up at all and the power light doesn't come on. Having opened it up both of the other fans are spinning but that appears to be the only other sign of life.
If someone could help id be very grateful, if i dont get this fixed my mum will be using my laptop every day!! aargh! lol

Cheers in advance,
Leanne x

A:Solved: pc wont start. fan twitches, odd floppy noise?

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I need some help here.

my PC is having some problem lately, instead of pressing the power button on my PC to start, it starts on itself whenever I switch on the main power switch.

this is followed by a message:

invalid configuration information-
please run SETUP program
Floppy diskette seek failure
Performaing automatic DE configuration
Drive 0 : disk Drive
Drive 2: CD-Rom Device
Time-of day not set-please run SETUP program
Strike F1 to continue, F2 to run the SETUP utility


and my clock is always reset to start @ 12:00am june 2005

PC spec:
DELL 4700, Pentium 4 , 3 GHZ, 512RAM
windows XP, service pack 2
please advise.

thank you


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With regard to Remote Installation Services, in Win 2000 Server,
Please tell me what is Pre-Boot eXecution Environment (PXE) ROM in windows 2000 Server. From where I can get this environment.
Also what is Remote Start Floppy Disk (used for installing Win 2000 Professional at NODES in a Network) and from whre I can have it?.
With regards,

A:What is Pre-Boot eXecution Environment (PXE) & Remote Start Floppy DiskROM

Have you checked the Microsoft technical pages for W2K Remote Installation? If not, see if <a href=> this</a> helps.

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Hi there. Don't know in what subcategory to put this question, but I found this strange: When I have a powered usb hub connected, my windows 8 will not start. The same usb hub connected to xp or to windows 7 does not cause problems. But it does in windows 8. So I need to disconnect that hub and start windows 8 without it and connect it after windows 8 has booted. Said hub has two drives attached: 1 32GB and a 1 TB. How come Windows 8 cannot handle it? Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Windows 8 does not start with usb hub connected

Check BIOS for boot order.

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Hey guys,

I'd really appreciate your expert assistance!

I've got an Origin Eon-17 SLX laptop that has recently gone out of warranty. I'm getting very frequent BSODs on start up, and it seems to happen almost every time if I have something connected to the HDMI output. It usually will BSOD, then restart fine.

I've tried a fresh install of 8.1, to no avail.

Please find the logs attached.

Many, many thank yous in advance!

A:BSOD often on start up, especially with HDMI connected

Hi mkbcnr33 & welcome to the forums ^_^,

I have analysed your dump files and below has been provided an analysis of the same for informative purposes :-

**************************Thu Apr 9 03:42:31.874 2015 (UTC + 5:30)**************************
Loading Dump File [C:\SysnativeBSODApps\040915-4734-01.dmp]

Windows 8 Kernel Version 9600 MP (8 procs) Free x64

Built by: 9600.17668.amd64fre.winblue_r8.150127-1500

System Uptime: 0 days 11:14:33.575

Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt!KiFastFailDispatch+d0 )

BugCheck 139, {3, ffffd000248f7500, ffffd000248f7458, 0}

Arg1: 0000000000000003, A LIST_ENTRY has been corrupted (i.e. double remove).
Arg2: ffffd000248f7500, Address of the trap frame for the exception that caused the bugcheck
Arg3: ffffd000248f7458, Address of the exception record for the exception that caused the bugcheck
Arg4: 0000000000000000, Reserved



FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: 0x139_3_nt!KiFastFailDispatch

CPUID: "Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4800MQ CPU @ 2.70GHz"

MaxSpeed: 2700

CurrentSpeed: 2694

BIOS Version 4.6.5

BIOS Release Date 02/14/2014

Manufacturer Notebook

Product Name P17SM-A

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I have a HP notebook 250 G4 I5 with Win10 ; The notebook does not start when a projector is connected to VGA ( Epson EB - 570 / EB - 575Wi and other similar models ) .The bios and the drivers are updated .With Win7 operating normally.What can I do?

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Hey guys,I used one of my friends pen drive on my pc and while browsing the pen drive,My avira picked up a trojan alert and i moved all the threats to quarantine and restarted my pc.After the reboot;Taskmanager,Mscofig,regedit,firefox,chrome are all not working/opening.Ctrl+alt+delete had been disabled and my floppy disk drive kept flickering continously.Internet explorer was the only browser that was working,But whenever i searched "regedit crashing" in google,IE too crashed!

When i restart the System in normal mode these are the problems that i have.

When ever i try to open firefox/chrome by double clicking the cursor loads for a second and then nothing happens.Some times it reports a error message about a 16-bit memory usage..I didn't read this error properly because it appeared only once.

My floppy disk drive light keeps flickering without a seconds pause and makes weird noises .


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Ok I have a self-built's a year old just a few days ago.

Win XP SP2 (I think)
Intel Quad-Core 2.4ghz [OCed to 3.2ghz)
RAM 4gb [2.5gb detected]
HDD- Western Digital 160GB and not sure which company could be Maxtor 500GB SATA
8800GT 512mb Video Card

I have an IDE drive on there too with an Apple OSX installed on it.


I've been hunting viruses and trojans [due to a backdoor trojan that] for the last few days and elimintated most of them including the backdoor. I was running a 'thourough' scan today while I was at school as well as downloading some things. MY anti-virus program is avast!

Thinking my comps quad-core 3.2ghz could handle the load I turned on Company of Heroes while all this was running....the comp froze...I restarted manually.

The first screen I got is the usual one except under SATA Channel listings it said Floppy disk(s) fail (40)....I don't have a floppy drive.

Then when I press F1 to continue it doesn't load up my main hardrive where Windows is installed. Like it doesn't detect only detects the IDE drive with Apple on it and can start it up.

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.

Somehow the anti-virus scan mixed with downloading and a video game crash messed things up. Even F8 doesn't work.

A:[SOLVED] Floppy Disk Fail(40)...but I have no floppy startup

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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I have problems to start programs when Im connected to Internet, ecpecially Outlook and MSN messenger.
outlook take like 5 min to start before I can do anything and when I attach files it takes forever to attach a single file.
When I look up how much CPU processor working its always on 100% when I start this programs. But not when I try to attach a file.

I also run Hijack following come up:

please advise or help

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 11:54:36, on 2004-04-19
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program\Delade filer\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program\Delade filer\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program\Delade filer\Logitech\QCDriver3\LVCOMS.EXE
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Hi people.

I have an Acer Veriton PC running W7 Pro.
Have had a couple of EXTREMELY slow start ups recently, with the black ACER screen coming up and
staying there for ages, and the fans running very fast.

I've recently blown all the dust out of the cabinet, so that's not the issue AFAIK.

Is it possible that USB connected 'phones could be affecting proper start up?
I've had problems before if there are CD's in the drive, would a 'phone cause the same sort of problem?

The Missus left hers connected, and after I disconnected and restarted, no problem.

Coincidence, or cure?

Many thanks. Tony.

A:Solved: USB connected 'phone affecting start up?

Yes. Some computers boot from USB devices so if one is connected in can time time for the computer to examine the device and figure out if there is a bootable OS on it. It is just easier to not have USB devices with any sort of memory connected to the computer at boot up.

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My laptop won't start when the usb for the xbox wireless controller is plugged in. The laptop starts, the screen turns on but it's black and nothing appears on it. The fans run and everything but screen just stays black and windows never loads. If i remove the wireless receiver and restart the computer it stars normally and then if i plug the receiver it works just fine.

Any ideas why this is happening? This is a new laptop and the same receiver used to work perfectly on my old laptop. Also i tried plugging it into different usb sockets but same result.

A:Laptop won't start when usb for wireless controller is connected

From your description it sounds like the USB device is not recognized by the BIOS or it is conflicting with another device at the BIOS level.

Here is the first thing to try: go into your BIOS settings and navigate to the BOOT tab and note the Boot Order. I'm wondering if your current setting is to boot from a USB hard drive first, or before the Hard Disk Drive. If it is, switch it to boot from the HDD first and see if that makes any difference.

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Every time I want to access a shared folder in Windows 7, the computer that is sharing this folder, always have to be connected to wired network, accessing the share wirelessly there is no problem, but if that computer is not connected to wired network at the time of system startup, the share is not accessible through the wired network, only the wireless network.

It is as if Windows was not listening or accepting connections on Ethernet NIC.
The Ethernet NIC is a Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller, when the network cable is disconnected, the NIC is automatically disabled, I believe this causes the problem at startup, It seems that Microsoft fixed this problem in Windows 8 and later.

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When I try to start my HP Pavillion a450n first I get an error message that says "backupnotify.exe application failed to initialize properly (0xc00000005)". I click OK and my desktop comes up (after a while) but then everything just freezes (including the clock) and I can't open any programs or do anything, even ctl-alt-del does nothing and I need to hard shut down. This does not happen, however, if I unplug the cable to my Lynksys router. I've run Norton Anti Virus, but it tells me nothing is wrong. I'm running Windows XP. Here's the results of the highjack this scan I did today:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:38:43 PM, on 11/2/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
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I have XP and I am sure I have a Virus. If I unplug my wireless internet, then it will allow the computer to turn on. However, if I leave it plugged in, then it will go to the Blue HP screen, but before the Windows screen it reboots again, and again, and agian, until I disconnect the internet. So, I can't find anything on the internet about this, so I am not sure if it is a virus or my wireless USB just decided to get a short in it while I was on the computer surfing on the internet.

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Hi all!
Thanks for reading.
I am at my my sisters and she had lost internet connectivity with her HP Windows 8 laptop.  It would say it was connected, with limited connectivity and all 5 bars or 4 bars depending on where in the house I was.  However, it would not connect to the internet
I had read some posts and tried different things (some guy named vonnie?) and it did not work
I saw a youtube video where the guy said to update the drivers and that did the trick.  I was able to connect to the internet!
Now the problem is that when we turn on the computer, it does not automatically connect.  When I click on the wifi icon, I have to tell it to connect and I have to put my password in (every time) and it connects, but it says limited connectivity.  It does work, however.
My can I get it to connect automatically (even though I have the box checked to connect automatically) without having to enter my password and why does it say limited connectivity?
Thanks all...

A:WiFi connected with limitations and won't start up automatically

1.  Right click on wi-fi icon.
2.  Click on Open Newtwork and Sharing Center.
3.  Click on Wi-Fi (wi-id).
4.  Click on Wireless Properties
5.  Click Security Tab
Have a great day!

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No matter what option i pick in the safe mode list, the computer will not start. when i choose any of the safe modes, (safe mode, safe mode with networking etc) the computer displays a list of random commands (i dont understand any of it) and then restarts. If I try to Start Windows Normally, or use last settings that worked, it seems to start loading, and then restarts.

Any ideas?

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Hi, I'm trying to install Windows XP Pro SP2 on my Compaq CQ62-423NR laptop.

I use this laptop for work. It came with Windows 7 Home Premium. During the past few days, a computer on our company's network was infected with a virus. It spread to our company's network drive (NAS) and infected many of the files. When I used my computer to access the network drive, the virus infected my computer, and for some reason, AVG wasn't able to detect the virus until it was too late. I.T. has restored the network drive from a backup, and all ordered everyone to restore from a clean backup or reinstall Windows. I have made backups before, but they were stored on the computer's hard drive and I.T. says the backups may be infected, so I can not use them.

It's been a long time since the warranty expired. HP doesn't want to let me order recovery media. Then I made a dumb move and deleted the Windows 7 partition, hoping to be able to install Windows XP. But there was a problem with that.

If I simply boot from the installation CD, a BSoD (STOP) appears. After some research, I found out this is because my laptop's hard drive has AHCI and there is no option in the BIOS (InsydeH20 Rev 3.5) to disable it.

I read somewhere that I can either use a floppy drive to load the AHCI drivers before installation, or slipstream the ISO/install CD and add the AHCI drivers to the list of drivers that come built-in.

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I recently built a system with an Intel 955 Motherboard. All is well, except for one curious thing - the floppy drive activity light is always on, from the moment of startup, even before WinXP loads, and the system can't read a floppy. It just keeps requesting that I insert a floppy into my a: drive. It does not sound like the floppy spindle is running, and there are no solenoid-like clicks when I insert the floppy as though the system is trying to read it, just the mechanical "snap" of the eject spring.

Any thoughts? Did I miss something in BIOS? I tried 2 different, brand-new floppy drives and they both act the same way. I've never encountered this before.

A:Floppy Drive Power Light Always On, Can't Read Floppy

The chances are, you`ve not installed the floppy drive/cable correctly.

Look Here for floppy drive installation instructions.

Regards Howard

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Hi All,

Here is the low down. I cant boot into any OS.

I formatted my PC and figured that after installing XP i'd dual boot Ubuntu (9.04).
So all went well, XP and Ubuntu installed as anticipated i could access both OS' for a couple of hours.

When i was in Ubuntu, i was trying to change my primary monitor (22") to have the toolbar instead of my 19".
I went on Ubuntu forums to see what had to be done, and i needed to reboot for the changes to take effect.

After i rebooted, it didnít list any of my 2 hard drives (150gb raptor, 1tb Samsung) or my Asus DVD/CD drive.

My motherboard (Nvidia 680I) stated 7F which only says in the manual as "Check POST error and display them and ask user intervention".
Well, the lovely post error comes up as:

floppy disk(s) fail (40) Click to expand...

floppy disk(s) fail (40)
Real helpful right? And considering i have NO floppy drive...(its a custom built PC)
And i have two options, F1 to continue and DEL for BIOS.

I checked BIOS first, reset to default, removed floppy drive from the boot menu, rebooted, same issue.

Hit F1 to continue now, and the only bootable option is the NVIDIA Boot Agent and comes up with this:


This goes on a continuous loop, failing every time. I've checked all cables and it all seems fine.
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I'm trying to build my first computer and I think I've got things setup right, but whenever I try to boot up I get the a message on the screen saying Floppy Disk(s) Fail (40). The Problem is that I don't have a floppy drive and my computer only gives me about one to five secs. (depending how long I wait between boot attempts) to get into the BIOS and try to do anything. the motherboard I am working with is a EVGA nForce 680i SLI motherboard and it uses Pheonix-Award BIOS. Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Floppy Disk(s) Fail (40) error but I don't have a floppy drive

You need to get into the BIOS and Disable Floppy drives. It should be on the same screen as the basic set-up.
Also take it out of the Boot sequence.

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My computer has started hanging when it first boots up.
If I set it to boot from floppy containing boot.ini, NTLDR & NTDETECT it boots straight through with no problems.
If I copy these files into windows file will this solve the problem and if so where do I put them.
BTW, my system is running windows xp pro.

Thanks in advance.


A:Computer will only boot with floppy

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Hi. I have a Packard Bell PI, 16MB RAM, 1GB HD. I was trying to get a modem to work in it a couple months ago, but for some reason I started messing with the floppy. I removed the cables and put them back. It stopped working after that. In the POST, it said that there is an error. I went into the BIOS, but it is configured as a 1.44MB 3.5 inch. I even put B instead of A, but that didn't help.

Well, yesterday I also took out the wires from the CD-ROM because they were in my way and it was really hard to do anything and now the CD-ROM stopped working. The POST doesn't say anything about the CD-ROM, it just doesn't detect it. My Compaq detects everything automatically, but the PB doesn't do anything automatically. And I can't get the CD-ROM to work, either. I tried changing it in the BIOS, but it didn't work.

I got the modem to work though Weird, huh?

A:Computer doesn't see floppy or CD-ROM

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I have an old computer, I 'm updated for the kids to play on. I have taken out a 5.5 floppy disk drive and replace it with a cd/rom. Need to update the IBM Surepath Setup (c) Copyright IBM Corporation 1994. It 330 450 DX2 IBM computer running Windows 3.1. I have forgotten how to do it.

Your help would be muchly appreciated

Brenda Shaffer
[email protected]

A:Old Computer upgrading floppy to cd/rom

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Hi I just installed a new floppy drive in my computer but for some reason it doesn't show up in my computer. Uninstalled and reinstalled thru device manager says everythings ok. Can access through the command prompt no problem. it lights up and goes off normally during boot up floppy seek. Double checked connections and all still no floppy but only in my computer/ win explorer. As I said device manger says no conflicts device working properly. any suggestions? I've installed many floppy drives over the years and have never seen this before. Feeling kinda goofy about this one am I missing something really obvious here?

A:floppy not showing up in my computer win xp sp2

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For some reason 'My Computer' says that i have got a floppy drive on my computer.
I havnt. Nothing is plugged into my Floppy slot where the ribbon goes in, and when i plug my external floppy it comes up as drive B:

Why does it say there is a floppy drive on my computer when there isnt.
I never had this problem before i formatted my HDD

A:'My Computer' Says I have a floppy Drive

It may have been enabled in the BIOS so it thinks you have one. Enter your BIOS, set the floppy to disabled.

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For some reason my laptop does not connect to my wireless network. It says I have "limited access." I tried troubleshooting as administrator and it says diagnostics policy service will not start. All other gadgets in the home work. I have tried so many methods to fix this and I just cannot find any solution to this on internet. I've looked on previous threads on this topic but none of the methods listed didn't work for me. Is anyone able to assist or have any ideas?

A:Diagnostics policy service won't start - Connected, but no internet

This is a fairly common problem but with a few different solutions. The following link shows 7 pages of people with this same problem. Some of the solutions seem to be working so should be worth trying.

Windows 7: Diagnostics Policy Service not running - Microsoft Community

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Logitech Gaming Software (latest, 8.51.5) is in my auto start list and everytime I boot it makes a device connected sound.
I have the same on my Windows 7 x64 computer and it doesn't do that so Windows 8.1 x64 must be the culprit.

I have looked in the Logitech help forums but they just blame Windows and have no solution.
I have tried reinstalling it of course.
I have tried to run it as a Hidden Task on logon but it makes the same sound!

Now.. is there a way/workaround to run the program without triggering the sound each time?

Help appreciated.
(BTW I want to keep it in autostart and I want to keep the sound so simply disabling it is not a solution. )

A:Program in auto start causes device connected sound.

Happens here's the system connecting to the logitech hardware through the USB....The sound is the one windows makes when a USB device connects.

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One of my kids friends was "just looking at youtube" one day and says some viruses might have been infected. He said some spyware removal popups started coming up so he clicked on them. Needless to say I'm having a hard time not killing the little porn freak but I digress.I have SpyHunter and Avast on my computer and neither on can seem to get the job done.Portions of SpyHunter's answer are as follows-remove most viruses and 99% of all the Trojan-virus infections, however, there is one specific case, which the infection is placed at a very delicate part of the system, the logon part, and even though we are able to remove it using the support log feature, we rather not do it, because there is a very high risk that when we remove the infection, we will break the system and the customer would not be able to ever boot the system again.Unfortunately, you are infected with one of those very rare infections.However, there is only one safe solution for your problem. You need to perform a system repair from the Windows XP Installation CD.If you would like to try this solution, you will need either the original Windows XP Installation CD, or a compatible/bootable Windows XP Installation CD.When you repair the system, you will not lose any data or program installed on the computer. Just to be on the safe side, we highly advise you to backup all the important data on your computer, because even though the system repair is a very safe procedure, problems could happen.I've run a ... Read more

A:Virus Connected To Start Up- Spyhunter & Avast Not Working

Hi,I'm sorry to hear that you purchased Spyhunter. As I can read from their post, their support is lousy. There's really no need to perform a Windows Repair install. Because that won't remove the malware. And there's no need either to format and reinstall Windows as they suggest as well. Also, Spyhunter doesn't remove ANY viruses. Guess they don't really know the difference between a virus, trojan, spyware and adware. Sad to read this..Anyway, perform next please... * Please visit this webpage for instructions for downloading and running ComboFix: includes installing the Windows XP Recovery Console in case you have not installed it yet.Post the log from ComboFix when you've accomplished that, along with a new HijackThis log.

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My computer starts up but doesn't boot from the floopy. I'm trying to format another hard drive and I put a boot disk in and it says "no opersting system". And when I have the normal hard drive in it starts loading the operating system. Can someone please help.

A:Computer doesn't boot from floppy

You'll need to enter bios setup and check the boot options, apparently the floppy drive is not listed. Change options to floppy first, then harddrive, hopefully that will take care of it

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How do I remove the Floppy Drive icon from My Computer, I don't have one installed, I haven't ever had one installed on this motherboard (or Windows installation), yet it still always shows up. How do I get that to go away, it's really annoying. I'd like to be able to assign the drive letter A: to another drive (without assigning a different letter to the FDD, I just want to get rid of that completely.)

I thought I'd ask before I went messing with BIOS settings and whatnot.

A:No floppy drive, remove it from My Computer?

Right click on my computer and select properties. In the hardware tab select 'Device Manager'. In the device manager there should be an expanadle menu labled 'Floppy disk controllers', expand this and you should see something like 'Standard floppy disk controller' right click on this and click disable.

See attatched image.

The floppy drive should now be removed from My Computer and the A: drive letter now availabe to assign to another drive.

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Every time I put a disk into one of my PCs, it seems the computer erases everything on it. If I try to open it, I'll get an error message: "A:\ is not accessible The disk media is not recognized. It may not be formateed", and when I check the properties it says 0 bytes used space/ 0 bytes free space even though before I put it into that computer it had nearly 1 MB used space.

A:Computer keeps erasing floppy disks

Sounds like the drive has gone bad. They do that alot and are easy and cheap to replace. Did this just start happening out of the blue?

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I am using a HP computer with XP media center. I installed an ATIVA USB floppy Drive 2 years ago. It has always worked fine until yesterday.
I tried to access a floppy and my computer rebooted. I tried different floppy same thing. I contacted Ativa help and they say it is software problem.
My printers, scanner and External HDD all work properly. I am leaning toward a bad floppy. Any ideas. Thanks, Wally

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I have two windows xp sp3 computers. Both are athlon xp processors. One is a 2000+ the other is a 2400+. One is a clean install with only windows sp3 and CA security suite on it. The other has been running for two years. When I try to access the floppy it shuts down and restarts? any way to solve this. Windows will not let me uninstall sp3.

A:floppy shuts off computer to restart

please do not duplicate posts
continue here

closing this thread

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Here's my problem:

I have an Acer Travelmate 600 which does NOT have a floppy drive, only CD Rom. I am using Windows ME.

While in My computer if the mouse happens to pass over the Floppy A drive icon and select it,
the system takes a long time to finally realize there is no such creature.

I'd like to remove the icon if possible.

Any ideas?

A:How to remove Floppy drive from my computer?

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formatted an old computer. uninstalled 95 went to 98 had problem with drive not ready then fixed that. shut computer off for the night woke up this morning now the drive is not in "my computer" been to a dozen sites and no help so far. please help me before there is an accident with a sledge hammer.

A:[SOLVED] computer not seeing floppy drive

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I have a number of floppies on which I backed up data when I had my old 386computer with Windows 3.1(?), and was using WordPerfect 5.1. I now have a Gateway PC, 6.4 GB hard drive, etc., with Windows 98. I would like to import the floppy data to the new system, but haven't a clue as to how to do it - - if, indeed, it can even be done. Anyone have an idea or suggestion for me? Thank you.

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My computer won't boot at all, not from the HD, floppy, or CD. What is it or what do I do?


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I know I had a virus or still have a virus (I watched my computer being remotely controlled). I have ran malwarebyte on my computer and it detected and deleted 2 threats, and shows nothing else after several runs. Ran CCleaner. I have WiFi connection but Google Chrome only works for a couple minutes before it stops loading. Java update keeps popping up on my bar but when I click it nothing happens. When I got to the windows search bar to search for anything nothing happens beyond the "searching..." screen. Last night I had to force the computer to shut down after it remained on the shut down screen for 20 mins. Also had cpu spikes that seemed to have stopped suddenly. When started in safe mode everything works fine.everything started after I updated world of warcraft, but I doubt that was the issue because the remote control happened a day or two before that. Reinstalling Windows 7 is not an option right now.Thank you in advance for any help you can offer!

A:WiFi connected, browser not loading, start search bar not working

Welcome aboard
Does Internet Explorer work?

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Dear all,

I just received my new Thinkpad X1 Yoga, brand new, with a dock OneLink+

Both are running fine. But it is impossible to start the PC when the dock is connected: The screen freeze at the red square LENOVO display from the Bios, windows 10 pro doesn't start.

I have to disconnect the dock, et relaunch the PC to enable a normal start. After the start, I can reconnect the dock.

I updated all drivers, flashed the bios, latest FW of the dock and even resetted Windows, but without success.

Lenovo support wants to change the laptop (!), it's brand new!

I thought maybe one of the topgun member of this community might have a better idea.

Thanks in advance for any advice.


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Hi, I'm working with a new PC build that uses a 60 GB SSD for its boot drive, and which is also reusing some "old" SATA HDDs for storage.

At the time I installed Windows 7 Ult 64, I had only a new SSD plugged in, and the bios was set to AHCI mode. The installation went fine and I was able to boot into Windows afterwards without issue.

Then, I connected a WD Caviar Black SATA HDD to use as storage, with the SSD being the boot drive. With both of them connected, Windows will not get past the Starting Windows screen.

I made this video of the program before I understood that it was a drive controller issue: Startup problem - YouTube
In it, you can see that Windows boots fine in AHCI mode with just the SSD plugged in, but that when the backup SATA drive is also connected it doesn't get past the Starting Windows screen.

For the record, this Caviar Black HDD was my previous boot OS, and it also has a Win7 install on it (which I've renamed the base folder of), but it is not booting from that HDD. Also, I have tried the same thing with other "old" SATA HDDs that do not have any previous Windows install on them, and the result is the same thing which is shown in the video.

I do not understand why, and don't know what to do about it. All help is appreciated, thank you!

A:Cannot start Win7 in AHCI mode when multiple drives are connected

Have you scoured the BIOS for any other setting relating to AHCI? I seem to recall at least 2 different settings for it on my ASUS motherboard. Also look for any settings that might relate to hard drives, bootup, anything like that. How much of the BIOS did you change from its original settings?

Also, have you gone to the motherboard's manufacturer and installed every last driver for your version of windows? I found this, but it seems like a short list (considering some of these were for different versions of windows)

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Dear all,

I just received my new Thinkpad X1 Yoga, brand new, with a dock OneLink+

Both are running fine. But it is impossible to start the PC when the dock is connected: The screen freeze at the red square LENOVO display from the Bios, windows 10 pro doesn't start.

I have to disconnect the dock, et relaunch the PC to enable a normal start. After the start, I can reconnect the dock.

I updated all drivers, flashed the bios, latest FW of the dock and even resetted Windows, but without success.

Lenovo support wants to change the laptop (!), it's brand new!

I thought maybe one of the topgun member of this community might have a better idea.

Thanks in advance for any advice.


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I think I have an easy enough question. I recently got a used Sony Digital Mavica, MVC-FD73 (easily googled Amazon review available for detail at the following address: )

from a friend and see here that it saves to floppy discs. That's all fine and dandy, but my new computer has no floppy drive.

I am not well educated on the USB floppy connection materials... could someone please provide me with tips for buying an external floppy drive? I have no open bays left on my PC for an internal one.

Thank you for reading.

A:Solved: Floppy Required, but no floppy drive!

I have an Imation external USB floopy drive, it works great and I highly recommend it, here is one link to this type of drive:

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I am trying to get into one of my foppy disk as it has some files on it that I am trying to look at. everytime I put my disk into the floppy (A) drive and try to load the files on it I get a error message saying disk drive A is not formatted and when I click on yes to format the disk it says my information will be erased of the disk if I do so I didn't try it however I tried to load another disk with nothing on it and I tired to reformat it but it didn't reformat it(I forget what It said). how can I get my floppy disk to load my files to where I can pull up the Microsoft word documents that I have on them? what is wrong with my floppy drive?

A:floppy drive won't format floppy disk

The disks are probably corrupted. You can try and recover the files off of them using BadCopy Pro - Floppy Disk, CD, DVD and Digital Media Data Recovery Software

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EDIT: Ok... So I need to create a SATA floppy, which I didn't know I need to create (yes, I am using a Sata 1 drive). So, how do you create this floppy drive (gladly I have a second machine with a floppy)? I just need the general idea of it (how to create the floppy itself so it "works"), I'll take care of finding the correct drivers themselves...

(Admins, is it possible that you rename my thread to something like "creating SATA drivers floppy"?)

Good morning all!

My parts are [supposed] to come today (well, the rest of them, that is). So I should be building my new system in a few days or so. But for the windows installation, do I need a floppy drive, too? So far I've bought only a DVD/CD ROM so I can install from any kind of CD/DVD (plus its very cheap if you aren't saving data on discs), so I should be able to get by. But I want to make sure that somewhere in the middle of the process of installing something it says "please make a floppy with [insert what here] and boot up from it to [insert action here]".

Thanks for your help in advance.

A:creating SATA drivers floppy (Do I need a floppy?)

In the beginning of the installation it says you should press F6 to load additional drivers. You don't know what these additional drivers are or you are already away making a sandwich in the kitchen, so the message disappears and the setup continues.

Later on, if you have a SATA hard drive, the WIndows installerwill say that it can't find any hard drives. And then, when you ask someone about this pecualiar message, you are told that you should have made a special floppy disk containing SATA drivers and pressed that F6 key

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I want to copy files I have on floppy to a cd, problem is I don't have a floppy drive on my new laptop and no cd burner on old pc which is running 98se.

how do I connect these pc together to use my burner on one pc to copy off a drive from another, if at all possible.

A:make floppy copy with no floppy drive

Hook the PC with the flopy drive up to your internet connection and e-mail it to yourself...

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Hello all, and thanks in advance.

My dad has a hundred floppy disks and a very old computer. He needs to get the data off the floppy disks.

Here are some details:

The computer is a 1991 "PC Brand", running DOS. It has a 40 Megabyte (not kidding!) hard drive; and two floppy drives: one for 5.25" disks, and another for 3.5 inch disks.

All the data that my Dad needs to get is on 5.25" disks. The 5.25" disk drive works perfectly; but the 3.5" disk drive does not work at all.

I thought that this would be an easy problem to solve: just transfer the data from the 5.25" disks to 3.5" inch disks: but that 3.5 inch drive is dead.

There is no modem. There are no USB ports, but there are some serial and parallel ports.

Does anyone have any ideas about this problem: How can I the get the data from the 5.25" floppy drives to something that a newer computer can read?

Thanks again ... RB

A:How to Get Data from an Ancient Computer and Floppy Disks

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When the computer boots up I get a floppy failed message...
It says floppy failed push F1 to continue...
I do this and the computer continues and loads windoz...
Does this simply mean that the 3 1/2 floppy drive is bad???

Once again Thanks in Advance!!!


A:When the computer boots up I get a floppy failed message...

bcriptic said:

When the computer boots up I get a floppy failed message...
It says floppy failed push F1 to continue...
I do this and the computer continues and loads windoz...
Does this simply mean that the 3 1/2 floppy drive is bad???

Once again Thanks in Advance!!!

BrianClick to expand...


It may mean that your BIOS has Floppy Drive Seek at Boot turned on.

Suggest you get into your BIOS and see. If turned on, turn it off - i.e. toggle it.

Does the floppy drive light come on at boot up? If not, the drive may be bad - they are cheap, about $12-15, so just replace it if you need it. Be careful to replace the connections as you found them - if put on backwards, the light will stay on solid.

If the light comes on at boot up, try to read a floppy with something on it - that will tell you whether the floppy drive is working.

You can also get into the Device Manager and right-click Properties for your floppy drive to see if it is working properly according to the system. If not, then try the troubleshoot button.

-- Tom

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I tried to change the floppy drive and ribbon cable. I also ran an sfc /scannow and when the scan was over, it just went away. The PC is on XP Pro (Corp edition, I believe). I've been trying countless things with no success. Does anyone know what needs to be done or could be done to remedy this situation?

NOTE: I had a post similar to this one about a month ago, but all of the info was skewed as there were 2 questions in the 1 message.

A:Computer reading floppy files in short name

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Hello Everyone,
Asrock 4CoreDual-VSTA Mobo,IntelCore2DuoCPU,2 1GB DDR2 RAM Sticks, Maxtor 160GB HD, Seagate 200GB HD Booting from the Maxtor with Windows XP Pro.
I have just recently had to use the floppy drive after a few years of inactivity and found problems formatting the old discs, writing to them and reading from them. I have 4 unused discs but can only format 2.The computer freezes frequently when performing these tasks. Ctrl+Alt+Del does not work either, The reset button is the only escape. The floppy is recognised in BIOS and Device Manager says all is OK.
Can someone help please.

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I am building a new budget computer for my kid brother (just something for him to use for email/web browsing/MSN, and home work).

I purchased a new budget case, mobo (w/ onboard sound, network, and graphics), and CPU. I am using some old RAM, an old CD/DVD drive, and an old HDD.

After I've got everything in place, how do I go about setting up the software (XP, etc)?

Will I need to re-partition/re-format the hard drive? Or, will it boot up and run fine as it is now (having been used about 60 months ago)?

I am just not sure whether all of the old settings and stuff will mess anything up if I try to boot up from the drive without wiping it and starting from scratch.

Now, if I *do* need to format/partition, how can I go about doing that the easiest? Please note that I do not have a floppy drive (and I would rather not go out and get one just for this).

Any help?!

A:Building new budget computer, and using old HDD. No floppy drive. Help me set it up

See this sticky from the motherboards forum you change things

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I just built my first computer last night, from scratch (hooray for me!). Its a PIII 1GHZ, 256 mb RAM, on an ASUS CUV4X-C motherboard.

The first time I booted it, everything worked ok - I went into the BIOS and set the CPU speed, and as it was a JumperFree motherboard, that was it. I went to backup the bios config, but the CD Asus gave me registering as a boot-disc in the cd drive. But I was able to boot with the WIN98 installation CD. Due to this, my first idea was to install Windows, as I was more familiar with that and could sort out more problems with it installed. I got through the first few start up screens, said yes to use 'large-drive option', and it asked me to reboot. And I did, and now everytime I boot it up, it runs through its opening and just hits a message that says 'PRESS ANY KEY TO REBOOT'.
That's all I can get.

I don't know if the problem is related, but the Floppy drive doesn't seem to work - the activity light stays on constantly once the computer is turned on. There is no noise from it and it can't access any discs, though I'm pretty sure I've installed the IDE ribbon ok, as I've quadruple-checked it.

So I've got this brand new amazing computer sitting here, with nothing but the BIOS accessible. Weehoo, all the fun I can have on it. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks,

A:Just Built Computer - Floppy / Boot Trouble

the floppy light staying on constantly is generally an indication of the cable being on backwards, check it again, floppy drives can be confusing.

As far as the other problem, assuming it is a brand new hard drive, boot it with a startup disk, run fdisk, choose yes for the lba question.
create a primary dos partition and set it active, if you don't use the whole hard drive for that partition you will then have to create an extended dos partition for the rest of the drive and then create a logical partition in the extended dos partition.

Once done reboot again with the floppy and format all partitions.
Then run setup from the windows cd, sorry not sure what's on the asus cd but you should probably try to run if for motherboard specific drivers and utilities.

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Dear All,
I tried to copy some files onto a floppy, but message came up that floppy was not formatted, would I like to format it.
To this I clicked yes and floppy busy light went on. However, the busy light never went out, and my screen froze.

I re-booted and tried to get the floppy drive to read a disc with data on, and once again the busy light went on and everything froze.

Re-booted in safe mode and went into device manager and removed floppy drive and floppy controller. Re-booted, tried drive again and same problem as previous.

Tried to restart computer in MSDOS mode and got the following:

Creative SB16 Emulation driver, version 4.00
Creative SB16 Emulation driver is currently loaded
MSCDEX Version 2.25
Drive D:=Driver MSCD0001 unit 0
Drive E:=Driver MSCD0001 unit 1

this is followed by the flashing curser. Unfortunately, I am unable to type anything and have to reboot the resolve matter.

Finally, everytime I re-boot the last few times, all my icons on desktop are scrambled. I'm sick of arranging them?!

I appreciate there are two/three problems here, and do not know if they are related, but it is driving me nuts.
Please help if you can


A:Floppy drive causing computer freeze

what operating system are you using? and do you have 2 cdroms?

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So we're trying to put a 5.25 inch floppy drive, the really old kind, in a windows XP computer.
It's a normal computer from around 2001 I'd say, and it has all your standard connectors for such a computer.

The problem is: Where the heck do I get a 5.25 inch floppy drive these days, how do I connect it to the computer(they all have weird card-edge connectors... how do I get that to go into an IDE cable?), and will it work with windows XP?

These things were obsolete when I was in 1st grade, so I really don't remember much about them, or how they're supposed to hook up, etc. And I certainly have never seen one work with XP... but I assume it should be possible no?

A:5.25 inch floppy drive in a Windows XP computer? Is it possible?

pyromaster114 said:

So we're trying to put a 5.25 inch floppy drive, the really old kind, in a windows XP computer.
It's a normal computer from around 2001 I'd say, and it has all your standard connectors for such a computer.

The problem is: Where the heck do I get a 5.25 inch floppy drive these days, how do I connect it to the computer(they all have weird card-edge connectors... how do I get that to go into an IDE cable?), and will it work with windows XP?

These things were obsolete when I was in 1st grade, so I really don't remember much about them, or how they're supposed to hook up, etc. And I certainly have never seen one work with XP... but I assume it should be possible no?Click to expand...

Are you talking about the 1.2HD or 720KB FDD drive was 5.25 and 3.25 size. You can buy USB versions today and don't bother installing it into the drive-bay. Or you can get the one from SIIG which does install into the drivebay like a 9-in-1 device.

You can this off ebay or online.
Cheapest $43 buck

FEATURES- USB 2.0 9-in-1 R/W + FDD- Black bezel
Adds front accessible Hi-speed USB 2.0 9-in-1 card reader/writer and
a floppy disk drive for easy storage media access. RoHS compliant.
Includes USB 2.0 9-in-1 R/W + FDD, 5.25" black mounting rack, 4-pin to
type A USB cable, Driver CD, Bag asso... Read more

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Hi everyone. I put some pictures on my computer earlier this morning that I backed up before a previous format. The reason I did the format was because of a possible virus infection. Now after having done this, I find my computer randomly accessing my floppy drive and I have no idea why. I am afraid I might have a virus or a trojan. I scanned my computer for viruses last night before I put the pics on the computer and am getting ready to do so now. Any help will be greatly appreciated! I'll get back to you guys after the scan.

A:Solved: My computer is randomly accessing my floppy drive!

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Help - our main, desktop computer won't boot up. This computer is a Dell and is running Windows 98 (I think).

During boot-up, we used to get a message about pressing F1 for a while. We would do this and everything would start up okay. So, we never figured out why we needed to press F1. Last night, however, we got a "floppy diskette seek failure" with no other message. . and no way to get the computer to start.

I read another post about pressing F2 to change the bios setting. When the DELL screen comes up, I get an option to press F2 or F12. If I immediately press F2 when I turn the computer on, the upper right hand corner says "entering setup". . . but, then nothing happens and I get stuck at the same screen, which looks like this. . .

Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS version 1.10 AOS
Copyright 1985-1988 Phoenix Technologies LTD
Copyright 1990-2004 Dell Inc.
All Rights Reserved

Dell System Dimension 8400 Series
BIOS Version AOS

Floppy Diskette Seek Failure

Like everyone else who posted, we don't have a floppy diskette. The only different things we did yesterday, is hook up a memory stick to a USB to download some information for school & we also had a blank DVD-R in the drive. I don't know if this could have anything to do with our problem or not.

If anyone can offer advice, we'd really appreciate it. Our kids need this computer for school.

Thank you!

A:Floppy Diskette Seek Failure on Dell Computer

The 1st thing to try is go here;

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and follow the instructions under Clearing CMOS Settings.

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hello all,

help me to solve this problem. i have a system with windows 2000 pro running on it. when i try to acess the floppy disk thro floppy drive the system immediately reboots. is this a virus problem..

some times i`m able to acess the floppy disk thro Ms-dos.i have tried so many good floppies but still the same

please help me


A:Computer reboots when i insert floppy disk in drive

Best thing to do would be to scan for a virus. There are several online ones, visit for one of them.

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My 2 year old Dell 3537 is not starting at all.No lights can be seen neither the fans start as soon as I hit the power button. It was working fine till last night. this morning I connected it to charger (without starting it) (charging light was on on laptop) and went to sleep. When I woke up,the light was off and it refused to start. I have been trying since morning but no success. I have tried that static charge method too.
also as soon as I connect the AC adapter,a buzzing sound near the charging port on laptop can be heard. it was never there before. The sound stops as soon as I switch off the charger.

A:Dell 3537 won't start! Buzzing sound near charging port when adapter connected

Resolving A/C Adapter Noise on a Laptop:

A guide to identifying the source of an Abnormal Noise on a Dell PC

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i could really use some help, my laptop continuously freezes within 2 min of connecting to my schools public network and i also resently noticed my windows defender isnt able to start...

A:laptop freezes when connected to school network, windows defender wont start either

Hello and welcome to TSF.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link given below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

a link at the top of each page.

Please follow our pre-posting process outlined below. Use a USB flash drive to download and transfer the tools to the affected machine, if necessary.

NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help - Tech Support Forum

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

Please note that the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help forum is extremely busy, and it may take a while to receive a reply.

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Hey everyone. I've got a buddy that I am trying to help out. Yesterday he told me that he didn't have an anti-virus program and so I told him that it was very important to have one and recommended AVG for his computer. He downloaded it, started the scan and within a few moments it had already detected a few viruses. Unfortunately, he said that his computer was constantly reading the floppy drive. What should I do? The only way to solve the problem of the floppy drive attempting to read was to uninstall AVG. I am not with him but am helping him online. My guess is that we should remove the viruses first as they might be causing the problem. From what I understand, the problem with the floppy drive started last night as he was scanning for viruses. He had to cancel the scan and reboot because of this. Eventually he had to uninstall AVG. He has Windows 2000 Pro and I believe he said he has 386 mb of RAM. What to do?

A:Solved: AVG Causing Floppy Drive to Read (Known viruses on computer)

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I own a laptop made by Packard Bell(a French company). Model name is Easynote_TK11BZ-025FR
Yesterday i was surfing the web when all of the sudden my computer shut down with absoluteluy no warning.I thought it had something to do with overheating (it hadn't been the first time my computer shiut down unexpectedly so i didn't worry too much) so i didn't touch it for the rest of the day. This morning, when i tried to start it, it let me choose wether to use Startup repair or start Windows normally. I chose startup repair and let it run for a coule minutes. When it was done it asked me to restart and i did.
The monitor displayed the "Windos is starting" message but the logo would not pop up at all. After a few seconds startup repair started but this thime around it said  it couldn't repair the problems.
These are the details:
Problem signature
Problem Event name:     StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01:    6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02:    6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03:    unknown
Problem Signature 04:    21199801
Problem Signature 05:    AutoFailover
Problem Signature 06:    5
Problem Signature 07:    CorruptFile
OS Version:                    6.17601.
Locale ID:                       1003
I have tried using Andvanced System Rec... Read more

A:Startup repair "Your computer was unable to start". I can't start my computer

Does it keep looping through Startup Repair - it tells you that it couldnt repair and when you restart it will go into startup repair without letting you choose and tells you the same thing? 
If yes, This just happened to me 2 days ago. Spent 2 days trying to fix it but to no avail. 
You could try this method below ( it did nothing in my case)
What I had to do was to reinstall Windows 7.
To backup you can download and burn ubuntu on CD, boot from it and take the back up.
You should choose to try it so you dont have to install it, but run it from the CD.

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This has been occurring a lot lately. Whenever I browse to the C:\ root folder using Windows Explorer, WE freezes for a few seconds. I then see (and hear) the floppy disk drive (A:) attempting to read, and then WE is functional again. It may or may not occur again if I navigate to C:\Documents and Settings or its subfolders, but will not occur on any other subfolder in C:, such as Program Files, but will happen again if I navigate back to C:.

How do I prevent this from occurring?

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Every time I start my computer and I logg in,my floppy drive's light turnes on and it sounds like it tryes to read something.This is allways supposed to happen.But a few days ago it was doing that and then everytime it did that there was a 1 second blue screen with some writing on it.It looked like some error message.Than the computer restarted it's self.But then I figuered out that when I put a floppy disk into the drive before the drive tests it's self the computer doesn't restart it's self.When I put the floppy in the drive so the computer doesn't restart it's self there is just a short message which sais that Windows recovered from an error.Is there any way I could fix this problem so that when I don't put the disk in,the computer won't restart it's self??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

A:Solved: Blue screen appears than Computer Restart's It's self if Floppy is not in the Drive

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Whenever I browse to the C:\ root folder using Windows Explorer, or browse there using any file dialog window, that window freezes for a few seconds. I then see (and hear) the floppy disk drive (A: ) attempting to read, and after that the window is functional again. It may or may not occur again if I navigate to C:\Documents and Settings or its subfolders, but will not occur on any other subfolder in C:, such as Program Files, but will happen again if I navigate back to C:.

How do I prevent this from occurring?

A:Computer attempting to read from floppy drive when accessing C: root folder

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I built my first system and when I boot up the system it gives me the Floppy Drive Error 40. The problem is, I dont have a floppy installed not do I plan on installing one. Everything else works great i just hate having to hit F1 to boot my system. Any help on how to disable this would be great!


System Info:
Intel Core2 E6750 2.66Ghz 1333FSB, Vista Ultimate, 3GB 800Mhz Ram, nVidia 680i SLI Motherboard, Dual nVidia 512MB 8600 GTS, Dual 160GB 10K RPM Westerrn Digital HDD, Raidmax DirkTooth Smilodon Case and A Dell 24" Ultrasharp Widescreen Display.

A:HELP. Floppy Error 40 but no Floppy Drive

Disable the floppy drive controller in the BIOS.

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When I insert any floppy in the Floppy Drive of my system, the message that the disk is not formatted is displayed even when the floppy disk contains certain data on it and prompts to format the disk. On trying to format the disk, the formatting fails and the message that the windows was unable to complete the formatting comes. The same floppy works in the other drives. When I sought the help of an authorized service personnel, the same says that on testing as well as replacing the drive, no problem is found!!!
Then why doesn't the floppy work on my system???
Please help!!!

A:Its Floppy Or Floppy Drive (Problem)!

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Hello Guys!!

Intel board has no floppy connector; I donít have a USB floppy drive. I have a Adaptec controller with 2x 80GB drives connected to it in RAID 1. When installing Windows 2003 server I press F6 for additional drives; but it want my dam floppy and I have no floppy. Any way I can trick the USB memory stick into thinking it is a USB floppy? How do I do that?

Thanks Very Much!!

A:No FDD, No Floppy conector on board, F6 wants the dam floppy!!!

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I have an eepc with windows xp. It has built in wireless.

when I am at home and go to click on an available network, it says I am connected but when I go to Internet Explorer it gives me the error message. I have tried to run the standard fix it from the computer and still says no problem.

This same question was posted in April 2008 and I tried to follow what was suggested for that person but it didn't please.

A:Computer says connected but not able to get into web

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How can a computer connected to a TV to use?

who can tell me?

A:How can a computer connected to a TV to use?

I have one of my computers hooked up to a 42" Plasma TV using an HDMI cable and I play movies mainly on it, but I can surf the web if I need to.

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A:Computer Not Connected

It could be that your firewall is blocking those messages. Which firewall do you have?

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Is it possible to see all ipís that are connected to a computer, the reason for this is that I have connected my adsl modem and I need to connect to the modem to change the settings and it seems my friend has changed the ip of the modem. Can any one help with any suggestions?

A:How do i see all ip's that are connected to a computer ?

wassa_01 said:

Is it possible to see all ipís that are connected to a computer, the reason for this is that I have connected my adsl modem and I need to connect to the modem to change the settings and it seems my friend has changed the ip of the modem. Can any one help with any suggestions?Click to expand...

In order to see all the IP addresses connected to a pc just go:
start>run>cmd and type "netstat -an"

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