I have a Dell Dimension E510 running XP. Yeah, I know, I need to get a new system. The other day we lost power for five hours during a storm (a power pole snapped off). My computer was running when the power dropped. When the power was restored two problems appeared. First, when booting up I get a “floppy diskette seek failure” message. If I hit F1 for continue the system goes ahead and boots up without any problems. The thing is, I have no floppy diskette drive. I’ve done some searching and it seems I can go into the BIOS and disable the floppy diskette drive. I haven’t tried that yet. I’m always nervous messing around with the BIOS.
The more concerning issue is that I have no sound from my system. The speakers don’t work, the headphones don’t work, there are no system sounds, nothing from CD’s, nothing from YouTube, etc. My sound card is a Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS. I ran through the troubleshooter for it and it could not identify the problem. Same for the audio trouble shooter in Windows. I’ve checked all the volume controls and they’re right where I would expect them to be.
Could this business with the floppy drive be affecting my audio? Is there much risk going into the BIOS and disabling the floppy drive? What else can I do?