liz1954
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Floppy drive lights up after reboot

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Hi, I have a Dimension 3000, xp pro and ie8. I have just finished a complete clean reinstall of my os. Everything seems to be working fine. Device manager shows no problems on hardware. However, after I reboot, the floppy drive lights up and makes a small sound, then the light goes off. I was just wondering if this is normal. I have not used the floppy drive ever and probably never will. I am just curious. Thanks in advance for any reply and assistance.

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jackshack
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Re: Floppy drive lights up after reboot

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The computer checks the health of its devices on boot-up, so if you have a diskette drive it will light up during POST.

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RoHe
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Re: Floppy drive lights up after reboot

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If you don't use that floppy drive anymore, and the light and sound annoy you, go into BIOS setup and change the setting for the Diskette Drive to OFF. Save the change and exit setup. The system won't bother with the floppy drive again.

If, in the future, you decide you need to use the floppy drive, go back into BIOS setup and change the Diskette Drive setting back to Internal.

I turned the floppy drive off in my PC a long time ago, and I haven't missed it in years. emoticon.Wink.title

Ron

Ron

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   I am not a Dell employee

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jackshack
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Re: Floppy drive lights up after reboot

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The computer checks the health of its devices on boot-up, so if you have a diskette drive it will light up during POST.

Dell Forum member since 2005

liz1954
2 Iron

Re: Floppy drive lights up after reboot

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JackShack, Thank you for the quick response. It is nice to find answers to the little things as well as the big ones. Greatly appreciated. Liz.

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jackshack
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Re: Floppy drive lights up after reboot

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I'm glad I could help.  Good evening to you!

Dell Forum member since 2005

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europa303
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Re: Floppy drive lights up after reboot

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I too have an old 3000, rarely used, but I fired it up to see and sure enough the floppy drive does light up momentarily as you describe, so I do believe things are in good order.  emoticon.Smile.title

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RoHe
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Re: Floppy drive lights up after reboot

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If you don't use that floppy drive anymore, and the light and sound annoy you, go into BIOS setup and change the setting for the Diskette Drive to OFF. Save the change and exit setup. The system won't bother with the floppy drive again.

If, in the future, you decide you need to use the floppy drive, go back into BIOS setup and change the Diskette Drive setting back to Internal.

I turned the floppy drive off in my PC a long time ago, and I haven't missed it in years. emoticon.Wink.title

Ron

Ron

   Forum Member since 2004
   I am not a Dell employee

liz1954
2 Iron

Re: Floppy drive lights up after reboot

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Europa303, Thank you for your response.

Rohe, Thank you for your response and I will do as you suggested and turn off the diskette drive. Liz.

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