Check this if you are having floppy drive problems


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JimBob

Hello,
Finally found the cure for the floppy drive problems I was having. A kind
person posted the cure on the Windows 7 forums. Check your Bios and see if
you have "HPET Support" as an item under Power Management Setup. In my
Gigabyte Manual this is listed as support for Windows Vista operating system
only. As this is for Windows Vista only I do not understand why they have it
enabled by default. Anyway if your have it listed disable it and see if your
floppy drive problems go away.
 
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Tim Slattery

JimBob said:
Hello,
Finally found the cure for the floppy drive problems I was having. A kind
person posted the cure on the Windows 7 forums. Check your Bios and see if
you have "HPET Support" as an item under Power Management Setup. In my
Gigabyte Manual this is listed as support for Windows Vista operating system
only. As this is for Windows Vista only I do not understand why they have it
enabled by default. Anyway if your have it listed disable it and see if your
floppy drive problems go away.
According to Wikipedia
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Precision_Event_Timer) HPET = High
Precision Event Timer. The page says that WinXP and Win Server 2003
cannot use HPET, but that Vista and Win7 can. I can't figure out what
it would have to do with floppy disks.
 
J

JimBob

Tim Slattery said:
According to Wikipedia
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Precision_Event_Timer) HPET = High
Precision Event Timer. The page says that WinXP and Win Server 2003
cannot use HPET, but that Vista and Win7 can. I can't figure out what
it would have to do with floppy disks.
I have no idea either what it has to do with floppy drives either. All I
know is when it's enabled my floppy drive will not do a full format also
after copying a text file to the floppy disk I can open and display the text
without problem, but after removing the floppy disk from the drive and then
reinserting the floppy disk back into the drive Windows says the folder is
empty, but properties shows the info is still on the disk but will not be
displayed. After disabling HPET the floppy drive works normally.
 
T

Tom Lake

Precision Event Timer. The page says that WinXP and Win Server 2003
I have no idea either what it has to do with floppy drives either. All I
know is when it's enabled my floppy drive will not do a full format also
after copying a text file to the floppy disk I can open and display the text
without problem, but after removing the floppy disk from the drive and then
reinserting the floppy disk back into the drive Windows says the folder is
empty, but properties shows the info is still on the disk but will not be
displayed. After disabling HPET the floppy drive works normally.
Here's a possibility: HPET can set to use either edge- or level-triggered
interrupts. Edge-triggered interrupts are also used by legacy devices,
such as floppy disc drives. If your BIOS sets HPET to use edge-triggered
interrupts, they will interfere with the floppy drive access. This also explains
why some systems have no trouble when HPET is active. Those systems
use level-triggered interrupts.

Tom Lake
 
G

gumby

Hello,
Finally found the cure for the floppy drive problems I was having. A
kind person posted the cure on the Windows 7 forums. Check your Bios and
see if you have "HPET Support" as an item under Power Management Setup.
In my Gigabyte Manual this is listed as support for Windows Vista
operating system only. As this is for Windows Vista only I do not
understand why they have it enabled by default. Anyway if your have it
listed disable it and see if your floppy drive problems go away.
The real problem, of course, is that you are even still bothering to use
the defunct floppy drive when you can do anything a floppy can do with a
USB thumbdrive.
 
S

Slap

JimBob said:
Hello,
Finally found the cure for the floppy drive problems I was having. A kind
A floppy drive? Can you still get blanks?
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LouB

gumby said:
The real problem, of course, is that you are even still bothering to use
the defunct floppy drive when you can do anything a floppy can do with a
USB thumbdrive.
Uhh what if he has data or stuff on a floppy or two??
 
J

JimBob

gumby said:
The real problem, of course, is that you are even still bothering to use
the defunct floppy drive when you can do anything a floppy can do with a
USB thumbdrive.
Thanks for your intuitive input gumby
 
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Char Jackson

Uhh what if he has data or stuff on a floppy or two??
Generally speaking, if data can be read from a floppy diskette it can
be transferred to another, more convenient, medium such as a USB thumb
drive or a hard drive. Just because data is currently on a floppy
usually doesn't mean it needs to stay there.
 
L

LouB

Char said:
Generally speaking, if data can be read from a floppy diskette it can
be transferred to another, more convenient, medium such as a USB thumb
drive or a hard drive. Just because data is currently on a floppy
usually doesn't mean it needs to stay there.
True, but how does one get the data off the floppies without a drive to
read the floppies?
 
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gumby

A floppy drive? Can you still get blanks?
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Only old stock I think. Sony just announced it is now completely dead
and obsolete and will no longer make them.
 

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