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Phantom Floppy Drive

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by UAPilot1960, Nov 15, 2001.

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  1. UAPilot1960

    UAPilot1960 Thread Starter

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    Hi.
    I have a strange problem. I have Win98 SE on my system and all of a sudden I discovered that "My Computer" thinks I have a floppy drive B: when I don't. Whenever I try to access this phantom drive B, the computer locks up. I also cannot access my 3-1/2" floppy drive A....it locks up whenever I try to access it. I also looked in my Device Manager and all seems ok however when I go to the Performance tab, I notice that both drive A and the phantom drive B are using MS-DOS compatibility mode file system.

    Hiw can I tell my computer that there is no drive B: and also regain access to my drive A:? Also how can I get drive A: out of MS-DOS compatibility mode?

    Thanks,
    Dave
     
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  3. UAPilot1960

    UAPilot1960 Thread Starter

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    AHA...it was checked in TweakUI.

    Funny...wonder why it became a problem all of a sudden?

    OK....I assume I have to reboot to see the B" drive disappear....I'm off to reboot....or crash the server :)

    Thanks
    Dave
     
  4. Mosaic1

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    If that doesn't work. Boot into the BIOS and check your settings. Be sure Floppy B is not enabled and that floppy A 1.44 MB is. Save Changes and exit.
    Go into Safe Mode to Device Manager and Remove the Floppy Disk Controllers.


    Boot into windows and let them be reinstalled.

    Here's a list of common keystrokes to enter the BIOS Also known as CMOS orSETUP

    New computers are commonly using one of the four keys to get into the computer setup

    F1 during the boot process.
    F2 during the boot process.
    Esc during the boot process.
    Del during the boot process.

    Older Systems:

    Ctrl + Alt + Esc during the boot process.
    Ctrl + Alt + Ins during the boot process.
    Ctrl + Alt + Enter during the boot process.
    Ctrl + Alt + S during the boot up process.
    Page up during the boot process.
    Page down during the boot process
     
  5. UAPilot1960

    UAPilot1960 Thread Starter

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    OK...unchecking drive B: did remove it from My Computer but I still have some problems.

    I still show both drive A: and drive B: in the performance tab of System Properties. Both are still in the MS-DOS compatibility file mode.

    Drive A: is still wayyyyyy slow in reading/writing.

    I'll try the CMOS setup and see if that helps
     
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