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What does this startup error mean?

I have a 2-year old Dell XPS 600 running XP Pro, and every time I start or restart my computer I get this message right after the Dell logo...

Floppy disk(s) fail (40)

Press F1 to continue, F2 to enter SETUP

If I press F1 the computer continues the start up and runs fine.

If I press F2 and go into the Boot section it says

Hard Disk Boot Priority

First Boot Device [* Hard Drive]
Second Boot Device [* USB-CDROM]
Third Boot Device [* Optical Drive]
Boot Other [* Integrated NIC]

I have only one CD ROM drive and no floppy drive. It started doing this quite a while ago but since it will start up when I press F1 I never pursued trying to correct it at all. Do I even have to now, or is it okay to just let it be?

Here's my system info...

System Information
Time of this report: 8/6/2011, 15:41:04
Machine name: XOXOXO
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp.080413-2111)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: n/a
System Model: n/a
BIOS: n/a
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 3.16GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 3070MB RAM
Page File: 608MB used, 4346MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

Thanks in advance for any help or advice you can give me!


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Did you?

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Did you set the bios settings for Floppy to "None"?

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Don't know how.

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How would I go about doing that?

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The thing about BIOS settings is

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There is no standard. I didn't find a step by step and so let's go with, get to the BIOS screens and set the floppy drives to none.

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Bios screens?

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I don't have a clue how to get to the bios screens. Are they different for different brands of computers? Are they in the setup area or the registry?

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Yes and found the BIOS instruction at

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Thank you!

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I did some searching and did find it finally and yes it was set for a 1.44 floppy drive! Don't know how or why that happened since this computer was made without one, but I changed it to no floppy and the startup message is gone. Thanks for all the help!


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(NT) You're welcome.

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