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Floppy disk not working

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by nongeekette, Feb 12, 2005.

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  1. nongeekette

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    I have reinstalled floppy disk drive and I still have no light or sound. You are talking to a noncomputer person. I orginally bought the computer to surf and now I want start playing with it. I have windows 2000.

    I would like to copy some programs and I can't get the floppy disk A to work. What do I do next? If I purchase a new computer, I need certain files and programs without having to repurchase.

    I even thought I might be doing things wrong. Having never used the floppy this was my first time. When I click on send to I get a message saying insert floppy in to drive A with a cancel prompt in the right lower corner. When I put the disk in that nothing happens. The light does not come on nor do I hear any sound. :(
    What to do next?

    Thanks for any answers.
     
  2. telecom69

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    Sounds like your floppy drive is not working go to device manager and see if you can see it in there ....

    You can open Device Manager by double-clicking on the System icon in Control Panel, choosing the Hardware tab, and clicking Device Manager....

    See if there are any ! exclamation marks ....

    Floppy drives are becoming obsolete most new computer now dont even have one .......
     
  3. nongeekette

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    Yes, my computer is old. I am setting up a new one for work but not without copying programs. I did as you said to Telecom but I see no exclamation point and it says that it is working. The technician from Gateway installed the drive remotely from their support site but I still don't have a light or sound when I try to copy. What is the next thing to rule out?

    I am so frustrated because I have huge word expander file that I need for work with over 7K entries and I cannot copy. :mad:
     
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    I can only suggest you read this site from Microsoft http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q131690/

    I take it you have tried more than one disk?

    Maybe the floppy has just given up the ghost ? a new one nowadays would cost very little due to their pending obsolescence ......
     
  5. nongeekette

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    Thank you for your reply Telecom. I did try several different disks but they were from the same pack. One of the disks worked fine a new computer I am setting up for work. When I rebooted the computer after I got the new drive, it said it detected new hardware. I am going to have to call the Gateway support people and not lose any more sleep over this. It is almost 2:00 a.m. EST and I have decided I don't like computers or computers don't like nongeekette ladies who just want to work and play don't want to have these pesky problems.
     
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    If I can't copy to a disk is there any other way to copy programs and files to put them onto another computer? :eek:
     
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    I can well understand your frustation over this ....if the light is not coming on there is a problem probably on one of the connections inside the computer,because its not getting any power .....there are other ways you can copy them to a cd but for that you would have to have a cd re-writer on your computer ...from what you are saying its a new floppy drive but of course that doesnt mean anything really it could still be faulty,did you install it yourself?

    What is the make of the drive?

    Did you have a disk with it for installing?
     
  8. nongeekette

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    I was thinking that also. I was afraid to open the computer and mess with the wires and I was too tired to this. This morning I am braver and will at least see if the wires are connected. I recently moved the computer to another desk and it may have gotten jostled. The only other thing I can think of was I read the microsoft info sheet and it said sometimes COM ports can interfere with drivers. I do have a new COM port. I think at this point it is a process of elimination. Thanks so much for your help. I will keep posting until I get this resolved. A great site to come to!!!
     
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    I shall be interested to see how you get on,the connections may just want pressing home a bit tighter,I wish you luck and hope it fixes it .....
     
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    Try turning the power cable around, like do a 180.
     
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