How d I remove Floppy Disk Error Message

Dell / Dimension 5000
March 27, 2011 at 13:53:28
Specs: Windows XP, 2.992 GHz / 3326 MB
First posting.
Dell Dimension 5000. OS XP.
Updated to Firefox 4: Computer a bit slow. so decided to get rid of unused programmes. Dumped Virgin Security. On Reboot AVG said I now have no Identity protection, tried to fix with no avail. Reinstalled Virgin Security. and tried too dump AVG, numerous attempts after finally found programme on net for removal. When I rebooted first time an alert message came saying ' New hardware found. Floppy Disc ' But I dont have one and now when I reboot page comes up and says floppy diskette error press F1 to continue. Checked the BIOS and its not enabled in there In the My Computer Folder it was showing, now disabled. Also Some images on news pages and email show up as a red box.

How do i resolve these issues.

Thanks Stuart


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#1
March 28, 2011 at 09:38:10
Part sorted. Red blocks where images are supposed to be were caused by ad blocker on Virgin security.

Still needing help with other issues though.

Stuart


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#2
March 28, 2011 at 10:31:37
The floppy may be disabled in the bios but still listed in the "boot" order. Remove "floppy" from the boot sequence.

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#3
March 28, 2011 at 10:33:12
Do you have the option to turn the floppy "off" rather then enabling/disabling.

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#4
March 28, 2011 at 11:06:16
"floppy diskette error "

I've heard of that error before.

Apparently some Dell bios versions have a bug that generates that error message when you do NOT have a floppy drive connected if a setting in the bios is set wrong for the situation

"When I rebooted first time an alert message came saying ' New hardware found. Floppy Disc ' "

The same bug also causes Windows to falsely detect a floppy drive.

If you have loaded bios defaults, the default may be for the situation where there IS a floppy drive connected.

In this case, you need to press F2 while booting when you see the line to do that to enter Setup or similar, and set the Diskette drive to OFF.

System Setup

Dell™ Dimension™ 5000 Service Manual
http://support.dell.com/support/edo...
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"....dumped Virgin Security. On Reboot AVG said I now have no Identity protection, tried to fix with no avail. Reinstalled Virgin Security. and tried too dump AVG, numerous attempts after finally found programme on net for removal....."

Most third party anti-malware programs that did not come with Windows have one or more resident modules - a program that runs all the time in the background looking for suspicious activity.

The free and paid versions of AVG 2011 definitely has a resident module - the Resident Shield .
(The paid version also has a software firewall which may have it's own resident module)..

The Virgin Security software probably has at least one resident module.

It's NOT recommended that you install more than one anti-malware program that has one or more resident module(s) because the resident modules of different anti-malware programs are likely to CLASH with each other, and are likely to slow down your computer more when they ARE clashing.

If you DO install more than one anti-malware program, the resident module(s) of ONLY ONE anti-malware program should be running at any one time - DISABLE the resident module(s) in all other anti-malware software.

Also, it's VERY wise to disable ALL resident modules of anti-malware software BEFORE you install software yourself.

NOTE that sometimes the resident module(s) of anti-malware programs - a part that runs all the time scanning for suspicious activity - will interfere with the proper installation of third party software, the software will not install properly, and you may get no indication of that at all while installing the software.
To avoid that possibilty, you should always DISABLE the resident module(s) of anti-malware programs, BEFORE you install third party software (software other than most Microsoft Updates, etc., that did not come with Windows ), especially when it's a major or complicated software package.
E.g. if you are using the free or paid version of AVG, you should disable the Resident Shield in AVG's 's settings in Windows. In Norton (Symantec) products, there may be several things you need to disable, or set so they don't load for a specific short amount of time.
If you don't know how to do that, tell us which anti-malware software you are using.
When you are sure the software has installed correctly, re-enable the resident module(s).
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I have used the free versions of AVG software for years in 98SE, XP, and lately in Vista, and there's only been ONCE where I had to use a special AVG supplied program to remove it because it was corrupted and it's own un-install would not work .
ALL other times of the very few times it got corrupted I was able to use it's own un-install and when I installed it again it worked fine.

I never install more than one third party anti-malware program that has one or more resident module(s) on the systems I have or work on.

I often install the free version of Malwarebytes as a second anti-malware program, which does NOT have a resident module, at least not one that clashes with other anti-malware software. (The paid version DOES have a resident module.)

Whatever malware a Full scan done by AVG doesn't find, a Full scan done by Malwarebytes usually finds.

(The free version of Malwarebytes does not Update itself after it's initial installation - you need to select Update in the program and update it BEFORE you run a scan.)
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In Windows Vista, and probably Windows 7 too, you have another complication - Microsoft's Windows Defender anti-malware software is built into it. It has a resident module that doesn't conflict with MOST other anti-malware software, but it DOES conflict with SOME third party anti-malware software.
Windows Defender can't be un-installed in Vista, and probably Windows 7 too, but it can be disabled from running in it's own settings.

When you install Microsoft Security Essentials, Windows Defender is automatically disabled from running if it's present, at least it is in Vista.



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#5
March 29, 2011 at 10:35:51
Thanks to every one who contributed to answer.

Managed to turn option off in BIOS


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#6
March 29, 2011 at 11:08:21
Thanks for the thanks.

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