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Stop random accessing of the floppy drive

by Bob Wright
1999/01/21

Stop random accessing of the floppy drive
in Windows95/98

An odd bug popped up in Windows-95,  the floppy drive is searched every time an application is launched. This problem is not confined to the use of Explorer, or necessarily on systems with Norton Navigator installed. The problem is not caused by an intial access to the floppy, since rebooting does not solve the problem.


Possible solutions to this problem:

  • Clear the documents menu.
  • Clear Unwanted Entries from the Start Menu's Run Command.
  • Check for any viruses on your system (some users have reported the NEUVILLE virus)
  • Search your hard disk for all .PIF that point to programs on a floppy drive
  • Take out LocalLoadHigh=1 from your MSDOS.SYS file.
  • Check HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/CLSID in the Registry for any references to OCX's or DLL's referenced on the floppy.

Software Applications known
to cause this problem:

  • Norton Navigator
  • McAfee Antivirus
  • FirstAid '95
  • Long Filenames for Windows95
  • HiJack for Windows95
  • Konica Picture Show

Try disabling them or removing from your computer to solve the problem.

 

 

 

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