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Hi, the floppy drive runs continually (it's very noisy!), and ever few minutes the green light comes on. Should I just disable the floppy drive? Thanks

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  • jadjr_v1 May 11, 2010

    CHECK THE CABLES..

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I assume it is a 3.5 floppy , it will need to be replaced. you can attempt to disable but some motherboards require it to pass the bios screens.

Posted on Sep 26, 2009

  • ShaneLeo Sep 26, 2009

    I assume it is a 3.5 floppy , it will need to be replaced. you can attempt to disable but some motherboards require it to pass the bios screens.

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