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Multiple floppy drive scans during startup

by MousePotato / September 14, 2004 6:18 PM PDT

How can I make my floppy drive quit scanning for a disk so many times during startup? On my desktop, I'm using Win2K-Pro and the drive keeps scanning for a disk at least 8 times during each startup.

--David

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Re: Multiple floppy drive scans during startup
by Kees Bakker / September 14, 2004 8:13 PM PDT

The first of those may come from the BIOS. Have a look.

Then all others are caused by programs running at startup. Have a look at the list and disable or remove whatever you don't need anymore.

I don't know Win2K-Pro, but in other OS'es I would use MSCONFIG or a diagnostic/selective boot. I think somebody else will be able to tell you.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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Re: Multiple floppy drive scans during startup
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 15, 2004 1:33 AM PDT

David,

Just some thoughts.

In addition to Kee's good information, have you checked your antivirus program settings? Assuming that you don't leave a floppy disk in the drive during a normal start up and that you would always use a "clean bootdisk" (scanned previously with an antivirus program), it's not a requirement to have the floppy drive scanned at start up, only on "Access". The antivirus program settings may allow you to change that option.

In addition, on older computers, "Find Fast" would frequently cause this issue. "Find Fast" isn't necessary to run at Start Up, so it can be stopped by removing it from the "Start-Programs-Start Up" folder listing, IF it's there.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Re: Multiple floppy drive scans during startup
by MousePotato / September 18, 2004 10:13 AM PDT

Grif,

I've checked my BIOS settings, but the only scan setting I found for the floppy was my selection of the floppy for boot drive number one, followed by the CD and the hard drive.

On my virus detector (Panda Titanium AV 2004), I have the "scan floppy disk drives on system shutdown" option unchecked.

--David

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