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Floppy A light remains on, when powered on from Shutdown

  1. #1

    Posts : 93
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit

    Floppy A light remains on, when powered on from Shutdown

    Windows 8 Pro 32-bit . . . HP Compaq dc7600 Convertible Minitower PC
    CPU - Intel Pentium 4 521, Prescott 90nm Technology
    RAM - 2.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 332MHz (5-5-5-15)

    Manufacturer - Hewlett-Packard
    Model - 09F0h (XU1 PROCESSOR)
    Chipset Vendor - Intel
    Chipset Model - i945P/PL/G/GZ
    Chipset Revision - A2
    Southbridge Vendor - Intel
    Southbridge Model - 82801GB (ICH7/R)
    Southbridge Revision - A1
    System Temperature - 121 F

    BIOS - I have the latest version:
    Brand - Hewlett-Packard
    Version - 786D1 v01.61
    Date - 07/01/2009 kId=135&swEnvOID=1093#120

    I want my floppy A disabled, because I rarely use it
    There are two items for it in the Device Manager:
    Floppy disk drive . . . and . . . Standard floppy disk controller

    If I have one or the other of these disabled in the Device Manager, when I power on from a Shutdown, the light stays on.
    . . . But I see that it's not just because of that - it's any time that the computer is powered on from a Shutdown.

    Observation: If I disable the controller in Device Manager (as opposed to the drive), then it hides the drive

    A Restart gets it back to normal, or, if I Disable / Re-enable in the Device Manager

    If I disable Floppy A in the BIOS . . .

    There are only two settings for it in the BIOS that I can see:
    Storage Options - Legacy Diskette Write - Disable
    Boot Order - Diskette Drive - Disable

    After restarting, the light comes on, and it checks for disk twice - How can it do this? It has been disabled!
    It still shows as being there in the Device Manager, enabled.
    Why does the Device Manager still show it, even though it has been disabled in the BIOS?

    If I un-install floppy A in the Device Manager
    And disable it in two places in the BIOS
    After a restart, Floppy A still checks itself twice
    It also re-installs and re-enables itself in the Device Manager

    So my problem is that anytime I do a Shutdown, I have to go into the Device Manager to
    Disable / Re-enable the Floppy A, to get the light to shut off

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  2. #2

    Never been to Heaven......
    Posts : 283
    Dual Boot: Back to W7 and Ubuntu 12.04

    What I did on my Dell was open the case and unplugged it completly from the IDE set and unplugged the power to it. I hadn't used it in years and mine was doing a similar thing. If you don't use it simply unplug it and it'll go away in your device manager.


    Edit: I should mention as well that I diabled it in BIOS as well so it wouldn't search for it at boot and hang when it couldn't find it....
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  3. #3

    Posts : 93
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit

    Great idea, thanks!

    I think I'll leave this open for up to 3 months, though, and see if someone knows of a driver or software fix, out of curiosity, but I bet I'll end up doing this.
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  4. #4

    I don't have a fix but I am impressed that someone else still has a floppy drive. I figure when I get a new mother board I may have to buy a USB floppy drive because I haven't seen a mother board with an FDD header recently.

    Why bother going to all of the hassle to enable/disable the drive? I might use my floppy once every three months but I would find it to be a pain to have to jump through hoops to turn it back on every time . . . . unless I had some sort of script that would do it for me . . . . now there's an idea.
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  5. #5

    Never been to Heaven......
    Posts : 283
    Dual Boot: Back to W7 and Ubuntu 12.04

    When I ordered mine several years ago I opted for the floppy simply for boot discs for XP. since then I use USB flash or cd as I upgraded to 7 then 8 and added ram and a video card. At the time It was what I was familiar with using. Now however I forgot it was even there LOL!!

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  6. #6

    Posts : 93
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit

    [If I reply down here, am I replying to who I want to? I don't know, anyway . . .]

    Barnabas - The computer came with the floppy A, and Windows 8 is letting me get extended life with this computer, so I have it . . . I don't use it much, and probably won't anymore, since you can get 4GB on a small USB stick. The thing is, I don't have a cover plate for the floppy A slot, so I don't want to remove it (I will probably end up unplugging it though) . . . in Win XP, I was able to keep the floppy A disabled, and re-enable it in the Device Manager whenever I wanted to use it, without doing a Restart. It worked exactly how you thought it should. I can't seem to do this in Win 8.
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  7. #7

    Posts : 93
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit

    I have decided to unplug Floppy A with the advent of Win 8. Thanks for the input.
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Floppy A light remains on, when powered on from Shutdown
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