floppy disk (s) fail (40)

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August 18, 2006 at 14:58:59
Specs: xp, 1gb

I keep getting this message and cannot boot up into windows. Can anyone offer some help?

floppy disk (s) fail (40)

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August 18, 2006 at 15:08:22

Did you just build the system? This usually happens when the floppy drive data cable is reversed. If you have had it up and running before temporarily disconnect the floppy and change the boot order in the BIOS so it boots from the hard drive before the floppy. Then decide wether you want to replace the floppy drive or not. They are pretty much obsolete, with CD/DVD Burners and USB flash drives being so inexpensive.

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August 18, 2006 at 15:27:29

Actually I didn't just build the system. This error just popped up. I don't even have a floppy, but somehow the BIOS changed so it was booting from it. I changed the BIOS to boot from the Hard Drive but I am still getting the same error. I can hit F1 and go past this, but then I get to select Safe Mode, Last know XP that worked, or Start windows normally. I can try either of these and it kicks me back without going into windows.

Does this make sense. I have no clue what to do. Please Help!

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August 18, 2006 at 15:45:46

Try going back to the CMOS setup and change the floppy disk entry to something like 'none' (if possible)

Could also be a BIOS setting to 'halt on all errors' - might consider changing that too, if present

Not really a new problem, is it?

Saying that XP is the most stable MS OS is like saying that asparagus is the most articulate vegetable

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August 18, 2006 at 16:03:20

Hmmmmm Are you a "Nittany" Lion? :)

Life is more painless for those who are brainless.

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August 19, 2006 at 10:09:41

psulions, this is 100% a bios problem. Your bios is reporting that you have a floppy installed but you don't. So go into your bios and disable the floppy drive from there. That will fix your problem.

Don't disable "halt on all errors" like the guy above said. This setting is used to alert you when problems first start. And problems are always easier to fix when you catch them early.

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August 19, 2006 at 13:36:37

Thanks for the help. It worked but now I can't boot up at all. Keeps crashing and starting over.

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