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#1 jimateast

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Posted 27 December 2005 - 05:54 AM

mobo : Asus A7N8X-X
RAM : 512MB DDR
PSU : 450W Levicom
OS : XP Pro SP2 fully updated
installed BIOS release : v. 1010

Whenever I try to read out a diskettes content - new or old diskettes doesn't matter at all - a message pops up stating "device not ready, check blah blah";
After 3 seconds the message disappears and a dialog opens in which the diskettes contents are shown. From that moment on I can do whatever I like with diskettes ( reading from and storing to diskette is no problem then ), until after a reboot of the system, after which the story begins again as described above. :thumbsup:

There's also an AV installed but it has nothing to do with that : the problem was there before the AV or anything else was installed.

For the rest the system doesn't show any problems at all whatsoever, just this diskette magic.
I've googled the heck out of it but while there are some others referring to the same problem, I never couldn't find any solution. This problem is keeping me busy for 3 months now : I can live with it - by all means what's 3 seconds to wait ? - but the problem just shouldn't be there in the first place imho.

There's no update for the BIOS available AFAIK ; No error messages system wide or in Event viewer. Nothing out of the ordinary in Device Manager.
I already replaced the floppy disk cable for a brand new one, albeit I couldn't spot any damage on the old one, not even with a magnifying glass. The mobo was brand new, as were all other components of the system.

Any suggestions, ideas ?
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Posted 27 December 2005 - 09:44 AM

Floppy may be going out. The read head may be bad. Used floppy drives are $10.
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Posted 27 December 2005 - 11:08 AM

The floppy drive was brand new and sealed. The diskettes were new, out of the shop : two packs of 10 disks, different brands.
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Posted 29 December 2005 - 04:06 PM

BTW : I have 10 new floppy drives on stock from different manufacturers, I tried all 10 of them : result was always the same as in my initial posting.
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Posted 29 December 2005 - 07:12 PM

It's possible it could be a brand-new, sealed, defective floppy drive.

I can't see how it could be a software or BIOS issue so I must assume it's hardware related. To fix that you need to isolate the problem by swapping out things as you did with the drive cable. Be sure to try a different power cable for the floppy (there is usually a second connector). Get another (working) floppy drive from somewhere and see if the problem follows the drive or stays with your PC. If it follows the drive then replace it and you're done. If it stays with the PC then you could have a floppy controller problem which would require a motherboard replacement. Would it be worth going that far to fix this? That's up to you of course.

You could try free/shareware diagnostics such as Sisoft SANDRA or Fresh Diagnose (sorry no links)

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Posted 29 December 2005 - 07:52 PM

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