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#1 jaypeecee

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 09:51 AM

Hi Folks,

I have just installed a new application on an old PC that has an internal floppy disk drive. Under certain conditions, the application tries to access the floppy drive, which then makes a deafening noise. I have contacted the supplier of this application but they are often slow to respond and I want to do something about this sooner rather than later.

I'm tempted to disable the floppy drive as it's hardly ever used but I'm not sure how best to do this.

Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

JPC

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 10:00 AM

Just a couple questions out of curiosity. What application did you install on the computer? Can you describe these conditions, and are they something you can duplicate with much success?

Given the age of the computer, I can say that because they haven't sold PCs retail with floppies for some time, there could simply be an issue with the drive itself. Is it a high pitch squeel like metal scraping metal, does it sound more like a fan, or is it more of a tone like a buzzer or speaker of some sort would create?

I'm guessing this is a desktop PC, disabling the floppy is easy enough to do if you really want to. More or less just a matter of going inside the PC and unplugging the ribbon cable and power cable.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 10:02 AM

If you can disable the drive in your BIOS...that would be the best solution. There should be a setting for it.

If not, you can disable it in Device Manager.

Or you can simply remove the connections to the drive, assuming it's a desktop. No connection to motherboard/PSU means no floppy.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 02:24 PM

It would be helpful to know what the app you installed is. Sounds like it is trying to write to the floppy & there is no disk in the drive.

Does the floppy drive work? Can you read data from any disk in the drive?
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Posted 21 November 2010 - 10:41 AM

Hi Guys,

Firstly, I must apologize for the unacceptable delay in replying to your comments and suggestions. Sorry!

The application in question is APC PowerChute Personal Edition version 3.0. This software forms part of my UPS battery backup equipment. It turns out that APC probably did not test this latest version of their software on machines that incorporated floppy disk drives (FDDs). In fairness, that's not surprising as FDDs died out several years ago. So, the simplest solution is to revert to version 2 of this software and that should do the trick.

Thanks again for your feedback.

JPC




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