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Floppy banging away!

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by johng, Feb 16, 2003.

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  1. johng

    johng Thread Starter

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    Recently whenever I connect to the internet my floppy has been banging away terribly, trying to access something I suppose. Don't know what has started it off. Anyone know of a cure please to stop it looking. I have it unchecked for accessing when starting up the computer. Its just the internet problem.
    Thanks
    John
     
  2. dogbonz

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    Hi johng,

    Sounds like the last time you downloaded from the
    Internet - you put it on the floppy.

    Try this: Download something (anything) from the
    net, pick save the file, and park it intentionally into
    an empty folder on your hard drive. Not the floppy.

    Also, r-click "My Computer", L-click "Properties",
    L-click "Performance", click "File System.."

    On top, hit the "Floppy" tab, and uncheck the
    'search for floppy drive on boot"

    Let us know
     
  3. Corrosive

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    Some very old and very badly written viruses can do this, but ironically so can some anti-virus software. Firstly, check for an upgrade for you're anti-virus software, and then scan for viruses. If the problem persists, try closing the anti-virus app and see if the problem goes away.

    Also, please post you're start up list. Click HERE, download "StartUp List", and then download, unzip and run the program. Post the text file it produces (it'll be in the same directory) here.
     
  4. VirtualMe

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    Try this also,

    Click Start

    Settings

    Taskbar and Start Menu

    Advance tab

    click the Clear button
     
  5. johng

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    I have tried all suggestions to no avail. I seem to think it stared when I used Popcorn email client for a very short while and that ran from a floppy. I no longer use it.
    Here is my startup list hope it may be odf some help. I have got the latest version of AVG virus scanner and it is still the same if disabled. The floppy bangs away when dialling, stops for a few seconds and then has another banging session still while dialling.
    I have also done a full virus scan and trojan scan.
    John
     

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  6. johng

    johng Thread Starter

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    I thought I would let you all know that the floppy banging has now gone. I found it was caused by Zone alarm.If I disabled it no banging! I then tried an upgrade to the program and that was no better. So I uninstalled it, took a long time as there were a lot of registry entries to get rid of. I then installed the free Kerio and that seems to work very well, no accessing the floppy. Also Kerio does not appear to use any window resources, zone alarm used quite a few.
    Jon
     
  7. Corrosive

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    If you are on a dial-up connection, there isn't really much need for a firewall anyway, so don't worry about security issues. However, I think there's a setting within Zonealarm to do this. It's been aeons since I've uninstalled it, so I don't know which one.

    Glad it's all sorted anyhow :D
     
  8. johng

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    Thanks for the comments.
    Jon
     
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