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'Scuse me? 5 1/4" floppy?

by Coryphaeus / October 22, 2007 3:04 AM PDT

Now that I have this little W98SE machine running, something else strange has appeared. Since I forgot to buy a floppy drive, I disabled the floppy in the BIOS. I used a USB floppy drive to start the install and it's now purring like a tiger (boots in less than 50 seconds, shuts down in less than 5). Runs like a top. But I've just noticed that in Explorer it lists a 5-1/4" floppy. What?? There ain't no floppy drive there!!

MSI motherboard, 2.2 GHz AMD processor, half a Gig of RAM, one hard drive, one DVD-ROM.

Opinions? Guesses? Correct resolutions?

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Run like a top?
by ahtoi / October 22, 2007 3:16 AM PDT

Have you try to boot the system with it yet? hehe.

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Very strange.
by BrianZachary / October 22, 2007 3:55 AM PDT

Are you sure you didn't get that computer at the Stone-Age Computer Store?...LOL...jk

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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Don't worry about it
by Jimmy Greystone / October 22, 2007 4:00 AM PDT

Don't worry about it if things are running well. It's not hurting anything by being there, so just leave it be.

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Are you sure?
by PKsteven / October 22, 2007 4:04 AM PDT

You don't have a larger drive with a handle on it do you? Sort of a lever? If not, don't worry, many would display this anyway, try disabling it in bios and it will most likely go away.

If that won't work, take a socket wrench, 13mm, unhinge the doohickie, ratchet the whachamajig, tighten and oil the gears, make sure no rods are bent, close the hood.

Oh, check the pacemaker too. Wink

LOL, at least you got it running finally. Wink


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5 1/4" floppy?
by billzhills / October 22, 2007 5:48 AM PDT

Look at your BIOS settings.

Reads as tho the floppy configuration is incorrect.


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Many options in the BIOS. . .
by Coryphaeus / October 22, 2007 6:17 AM PDT
In reply to: 5 1/4" floppy?

two 5-1/4 and three 3-1/2, all sorted by size. But I have it set to None as I didn't install one. But Explorer shows the 5-1/4.

It appears XP is more forgiving in this area. I have 5 XP Pro machines, two home built and none have a floppy drive. And Eplorer shows none.

Oh, well. I'd forgotten how much W98 depends on a floppy so I'll probably pick one up and install it.

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5 1/2" floppy
by billzhills / October 22, 2007 7:04 AM PDT

What happens on re-boot if you un-install the floppy in device manager ?

May give you a clue on why the floppy is their...


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I tried that. . .
by Coryphaeus / October 22, 2007 7:38 AM PDT
In reply to: 5 1/2" floppy

It's still in Explorer.

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(NT) Just a thought > not a clue now ...
by billzhills / October 22, 2007 7:42 AM PDT
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Re-read orginal post
by billzhills / October 22, 2007 7:52 AM PDT

missed you mentioned the BIOS.

Tho now I am wondering if on boot/install Windows labeled the USB floppy as a 5 1/2".

Is so then the 5 1/2" would be part of the hwd profile.

Anyway no real clue.


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I thought about that. . .
by Coryphaeus / October 22, 2007 8:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Re-read orginal post

Oh well, the new case is black and Fry's has a nice black floppy for 14 bucks.

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by PKsteven / October 22, 2007 4:18 PM PDT
In reply to: Re-read orginal post

seems I missed the bios thing too when I posted. I did that twice today but my glasses are in for repair so squinting, seems to be ineffective. I think I'll wait until I get them back to post, lol.


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Does Win98...
by Papa Echo / October 22, 2007 10:41 PM PDT in safe mode ? Try removing the 5 1/4" there...

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Might be...
by Willy / October 23, 2007 12:22 AM PDT

That's a win98 default "place holder" item as it didn't originally come out with bootable USB drives. maybe, once you install any/all win98 updates, etc. it will be corrected, but it works sop it shouldn't a real worry. The fact is booted up via USB shows thats an option of the bios and not the OS entirely.

enjoy -----Willy Happy

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Figured it out. . .
by Coryphaeus / October 23, 2007 7:04 AM PDT

If I boot with the USB floppy plugged in, it shows 3-1/2. If I boot without the USB floppy plugged in it shows 5-1/4.

I'll pick up an internal.

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