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    Floppy drive problem

    Working on a friends computer. Older IBM P3. Can read from the floppy drive, but can not save to it. Nor can I format a floppy when it is in the drive. I get a message that the floppy is write protected, but it is not. I tried another floppy drive unit and another cable, but still get the same message when trying to save or format a floppy--The disc is write protected etc. ??? any suggestions ??

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    can you enter the bios?

    First you need to enter the BIOS. This is typically done by pressing certain button(s) while your computer is loading up. It should tell you what to press, but if not then here are some common examples: Computer Key Command(s)

    Acer® F1, F2, CTRL+ALT+ESC
    AST® CTRL+ALT+ESC, CTRL+ALT+DEL
    Compaq® 8700 F10
    CompUSA® DEL
    Cybermax® ESC
    Dell® 400 F3
    Dell 400 F1
    Dell Dimension® F2 or DEL
    Dell Inspiron® F2
    Dell Latitude Fn+F1 (while booted)
    Dell Latitude F2 (on boot)
    Dell Optiplex DEL
    Dell Optiplex F2
    Dell Precision™ F2
    eMachine™ DEL
    Gateway® 2000 1440 F1
    Gateway 2000 Solo™ F2
    HP® (Hewlett-Packard) F1, F2
    IBM® F1
    IBM E-pro Laptop F2
    IBM PS/2® CTRL+ALT+INS after CTRL+ALT+DEL
    IBM Thinkpad® (newer) Windows: Programs-Thinkpad CFG.
    Intel® Tangent DEL
    Micron™ F1, F2, or DEL
    Packard Bell® F1, F2, DEL
    Sony® VIAO F2
    Sony VIAO F3
    Tiger DEL
    Toshiba® 335 CDS ESC
    Toshiba Protege ESC
    Toshiba Satellite 205 CDS F1
    Toshiba Tecra F1 or ESC

    Info found at: www.computing.net/faq/content9x/bios.html

    Once in the BIOS memory look through all the menus to see if the floppy drive is set to read only.



    change it to allow the floppy to read and write
    Last edited by egghead; August 2nd, 2004 at 00:08 AM.
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    egghead, many thanks, I got it. Went into the bios F1, and found that the floppy drive was set to WRITE PROTECT, Enabled. I changed it to Disabled, and now everything works. I can read, write to, and format a floppy. Thanks again !!!!

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    you are very welcome

    did you need the bios table above to get in?

    glad you got it figured out!

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    The bios table did help. I tried the first entry F1, and that was the one. I must print out this list, will be helpful in the future for other computers !

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    Good call Egghead.
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