start up won't connect without F1

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November 20, 2012 at 18:09:09
Specs: Windows XP, Intel 4
reconnected floppy drive, need F1 to connect to internet.

MY TECH FORGOT TO RECONNECT MY XP FLOPPY CONNECTER and for a while I had to press F1 to complete start up. A few days ago I went in and hooked it back up snugly but I still need to press F1 during start up and the computer still tells me that the floppy is not connected. The computer hardware check says it's working. What's up with that? It's an XP, 512,Dell and I believe it runs an Intel 4,

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November 20, 2012 at 22:39:35
Try a disk in it and make sure the drive works. If not, recheck the cable. There will be a faint red stripe along one edge of the cable. That edge connects to the # 1 pin side of the drive's pin connector. Or often one of the pin holes on the cable will be blocked and that will match up to a missing pin on the drive's connector so that the cable can only be attached one way. Check that the cable on the motherboard end is similarly connected.

Also, if the floppy cable has more than one connector make sure the drive is attached to the one AFTER the 7-wire twist. That is, you'll have the connection at the motherboard, then a floppy connector, then the 7-wire twist, then a second floppy connector, where you want the drive connected. If you connect the drive to the middle one the computer bios or windows or both will see it as drive B: and may be giving the error because of that.

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November 27, 2012 at 21:28:44
I haven't had the opportunity to follow through with your advice; I've had hand tendon surgery since your message and won't have much dexterity for a while. However, while I have you on the line, I have another issue.
I'm trying to connect my Windows ME and third party Actiontec GT701C to AT&T dsl. In the process of following conflicting advice and in my fumbling manual condition, I managed to freeze up my computer with the control panel in the background and the "Connect To" window superimposed. I have tried all I knew, including disconnecting everything from the computer - even the power cord and I can't budge the frozen screen. ARE THERE SOME KEYBOARD KEYS TO UNFREEZE? If unfrozen, could you advise me in my dsl and internet connection project. I gratefully appreciate the advice.

Thank you,

Richard Winter

P.S. I was thinkin about CTRL + Q or Esc followed by [, or CTRL + SHIFT + Esc but didn't try it in fear of screwing things up more that they are now. I'm freezing!

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November 27, 2012 at 23:37:47
If you disconnect the power cord or reboot or force a shutdown then when you start it up again it must reboot. In that case I don't see how that same screen could show up. Well, there was some malware that would change your desktop background to show a false error message but it doesn't seem like that's what is happening now. I doubt it has anything to do with the keyboard but it's easy enough to swap in a different one to check. What exactly happens when you reboot?

I think I responded in your other post about the modem. I can't think of anything to add. Most of the time you can get the modem and whatever hardware you need from the phone company. I think that's the way to go. If you have hardware they don't directly support it may be harder to setup.

Heck when the phone company here was trying to get me to sign up with their DSL ( I still had dialup) they kept coming by the house wanting to come in and set it up right then. It got to be where I just stopped answering the door.

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November 29, 2012 at 06:32:37
the Actiontec needs a driver. Here's a link to the site to get it:

When a driver disc/software is supplied, every DSL modem installation.connection that I've done has gone smoothly. My guess is you haven't installed the software, probably because the computer has insufficient memory or hard drive space.

Like DAVE says, if you shut the computer off, any error messages preset will go away. Does/did the computer reboot? Did it go through the POST where you see the memory count and such? And then the welcome screen into Windows?

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