Phantom Floppy, Unknown Nonexistant, And Broken Optical Drives?
I know this sounds extremely mean, but I haven't had any problems with my computer until I let my brother use it for 2 hours to play a FPS. Then things screwed up. I have done full virus scans from 4 different scanners and just can't figure out what the deal is.
One day, I went to burn a DVD and, lo and behold, both my brand new Asus SATA DVD burner and my faithful Sony IDE burner simply weren't there. Instead I have a floppy drive that doesn't exist. I installed all the drivers associated with my motherboard (Asus P5N-E SLI) but no luck.
I opened my Device Manager to find my Optical drives each had an ! over them with the following error: "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)"
The phantom floppy was "working properly" and the Unknown device had the following error: "This device is not configured correctly. (Code 1)"
Attempting to reinstall the optical drives, uninstall the floppy and/or the unknown device solved nothing. I even switched IDE cables, thinking the old one I was using was bad.
I have no idea what to do at this point besides reinstall windows, which I really don't want to do. Everything works fine in Linux Mint (linuxmint.com) so I know it's a windows driver issue.
Re: Phantom Floppy, Unknown Nonexistant, And Broken...
Delete all of the optical and floppy drives in Device manager by right clicking and either choosing delete or uninstall.. Once they are deleted, restart the computer. They should straighten themselves out after rebooting
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No it will not. The motherboard has voltage regulators which correctly distributes voltage through the integrated circuits to the chips/capacitors/etc. that need power. The only reason you would need a stronger PSU with more output wattage would be if you had lots of internal parts that drew a lot of power (such as 4-way SLi cards with power adapters plugged in, sound card, 4 hard drives, 4 optical drives, TV tuner, lots of fans, etc.). A setup like the one I just described would probably need at least a 750 watt PSU. But in any case, you could have a 2000000 watt PSU and it would not fry the board due to the reasons above.
TPM Card for dc7100
On the desktop and workstation models, the connector is located under the drive bay on the right hand side of the computer.
In order to recover the system you should remove the TPM module and re-install the OS.
Acer eLock Management
Acer eLock Management is a security utility that allows you to lock your removable data, optical and floppy
drives to ensure that data cannot be stolen while your notebook is unattended.
Removable data devices - includes USB disk drives, USB pen drives, USB flash drives, USB MP3 drives,
USB memory card readers, IEEE 1394 disk drives and any other removable disk drives that can be
mounted as a file system when plugged into the system.
Optical drive devices - includes any kind of CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives.
�� Floppy disk drives - 3.5-inch disks only.
�� Interfaces - includes serial ports, parallel port, infrared (IR), and Bluetooth.
To activate Acer eLock Management, a password must be set first. Once set, you can apply locks to any of the
devices. Lock(s) will immediately be set without any reboot necessary, and will remain locked after rebooting,
You can try this:
You can reset the system to its default settings (all devices unlocked) by removing the password (leave the password fields blank when changing the password).
You also may be able to simply uninstall the e-lock software in add remove programs.
Is there an icon in your system tray that may allow you to disable e-lock?
I would start by unplugging all devices, drives from the PC. Printers, Cameras, iPods. The only thing that should be plugged in is the keyboard, mouse and monitor. If that yields no result, it's time to open the case and disconnect your optical (DVD/CD) drives, hard drives, and floppy if you have one. From there I would try changing RAM from a working machine that has similar RAM (DDR, DDR2)
You could also try resetting the CMOS by pulling the nickel shaped battery out of the motherboard. That should at least get it past the emachine screen and get you some more specific error messages.
Floppy disk drives (and disks) are not that reliable and usually fail, especially on older computers. A test would be to try a different floppy, also try formatting a different floppy. Can you read the problem floppy from a different computer?
you can purchase locally a usb floppy drive and download some small utilities in the internet that can be fit in the floppy disk, but i suggest that better use memory stick because it is cheaper and you can have more space than floppy disk.