|Ever since installing a new P55A I am not able to format a Floppy Disk.|
What I can't do: I cannot format, not copy always successfully, nor read and write successfully.
What I can do: I boot up to a Dos Prompt, and execute Dos commands, read, write, and format.
One can also boot into (F8) Safe mode (both in user & admin) and read, write, copy, and format.
It takes 5 to 7 seconds to format in Safe Mode.
Under Windows XP(SP2) it takes some 5 minutes,
listening to a grinding click/clack instead of the evenly spaced tick, tick as a format should do.
The result warning notice is: "Window is unable to format the disc." or one gets, "Windows cannot copy because of an I/O Device error".
The device information, of both the "Std Floppy Disc Controller" and "Floppy disk drive", in the Device Manager, in regards to (1) Drivers (2) Device ID, ACPI, and (3) Resources are identical in Safe Mode as well as in WinXP and reporting working properly".
We can rule out dust & dirt, cabling, bad device, proper voltage, and the motherboard controller, in that any of those would also affect both the Real-Dos-Prompt and Safe Mode. Hence I am leaning that there is a conflict within Drivers supplied by Gigabyte - since not all Gigabyte drivers load in safe-mode. Removing as many devices as possible and Disabling as many devices as possible then reinstalling them one by one is a tedious task, not a worthy to bestow upon a customer who expects a motherboard to work without being a computer expert.
Therefore I am seeking your help in any clues which would save me the time which I don't have.