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PC thinks DVD drive is a floppy

By detrunks
Dec 12, 2009
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  1. HI,
    I've recently changed my PC case and when I booted up in the new system I found that the PC thinks that my DVD drive is a floppy. It's connected via an IDE cable to the IDE (optial) bit of the the motherboard - how can it possibly think it's a floppy drive??!

    I'm using an asus a8n-e with XP pro. The optical drive is a NEC DVD-RW drive. I have no floppy drive!

    thanks for any responses.
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  3. sshedlock

    sshedlock TS Rookie

    have you upgraded the firmware of the DVD drive?
     
  4. detrunks

    detrunks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    thx for the replies - I tried the fix and went into BIOS and also changed the connecting cable - this worked but I'm not sure why!!!
     
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Sorry (your words are a little confusing) which one worked exactly?
    I think it was changing cables that fixed it fully, is that correct? Or was it a combination of that and something else?
     
  6. detrunks

    detrunks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    The 'script' didn't appear to fix it after the first reboot. On the second reboot I changed the cable and went into BIOS to 'delete' any reference to a floppy. When booted, the dvd drive appeared.
     
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Oh sorry, no that was the fix that did it
    I forgot that it does take 2 reboots (I know that sounds like, sure right:rolleyes:)
    But I've had the exact same response from many other users who have done this (after I mentioned to run it)
    woops forgot to mention that :)
     
  8. detrunks

    detrunks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 204

    OK, cool!!
     
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