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Old 04-07-2005, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can't write to floppy drive

We recently had our old computer upgraded from Windows 98 to Windows 2000 Pro. We then had trouble saving to drive "A" from a DOS program. (Disk is write protected - even though the tab was in the unlock position). We got a new "A" drive. Same Problem. We got a new computer, complete with a new "A" drive and motherboard. Same problem. We had our computer guy here to test ANOTHER floppy drive. Same Problem. We've used 5 or 6 brands of disks, new and used, 1.44 mb and 2.0 mb, and have fully reformatted all disks on the computer we're trying to use. No luck. We've switched cables between computers and the cables are working fine (on the other computers). We've checked the BIOS and the CMOS settings. They are all correct. THEN we found out that the only other computer in the company that has been switched from Win 98 to 2000 so far is having all of the same problems. Our software vendor swears it's not a software issue. The only time we CAN get the computer to write to the "A" drive (on either problem computer) is when we flip the switch on the disks to the locked position, then back to the unlocked position, and retry. Are we missing something? Can anyone help?

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Old 04-07-2005, 04:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There is one weird *** problem if you've swapped computers, drives, disks, cables & still can't write to floppy.

If you are sure the bios settings are ok, then I can only imagine it may be some sort of issue with either the user permissions or the way the system sees the floppy drive.

Can you tell me the following :

Have you tried writing to floppy while logged on as administrator?

Are the machines networked?

Have you loaded any service packs? (if not, you could try doing so & see if that makes any difference)

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Old 04-07-2005, 07:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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did you reformat you hard disk/drive
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Old 04-11-2005, 09:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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1) The on ly logon we have is as administrator, so yes, we've done that.
2) No, the machines are not networked
3) We have service pack 4 installed.
4) We have not tried reformatting this particular hard drive, but since we had the problem on our old computer and another computer in the company is having the same problem (the only other one we've switched to win 2000) we didn't figure it was a hard drive problem.

Could it be software, even though the vendor swears it's not? It would seem unlikely to me since a simple flick of the switch on the dikettes causes it to work okay, but this morning we even tried a different brand of floppy drive. Still no luck. Thank you for your help.
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