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Floppy disk error (40)... Windows will not start

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#1 blined


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Posted 12 August 2010 - 05:55 PM

Okay, so the other day my brother told me that our desktop would not start. I checked it out and tried to fix it but to no avail.
When the system was loading it popped up as Floppy drive error (40) and then the screen saying Windows did not start successfully, start in safe mode, last known good config, etc. I tried all of those options but Windows just wouldn't load.
I googled the error on my laptop to see if I could fix the problem and found it was actually common, so I followed the steps that others suggested by disabling the floppy drive in BIOS but that just stopped the error from popping up. Windows still wouldn't load.
I took off the case because thats what others suggested but since the computer doesn't even have a floppy drive I had no idea what I was doing.
Running Windows XP and I can't really find out the rest of the specs because I can't even load windows :thumbsup:

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 12 August 2010 - 06:21 PM

If the system doesn't have a floppy drive...and that error came up...I would suspect a problem in the CMOS, specifically...the CMOS battery.

I would replace it...reset the time/date and elect default CMOS settings (ensuring that the hard drive is the first boot option)...save the changes and try to boot.


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