Access My Dell PC can't access floppy drive


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Hi All,
I can tolerate XP, but this is driving me mad. I need to transfer data to and from and old DOS machine using floppy discs. However, I cannot access the built in floppy, drive A: does not show in My Computer, and shows an exclamation mark in Device Manager. The comments say it cannot load the device driver (Code 39). I have tried uninstall and then re-install, but it's still the same.
I tried an external USB drive, with the same problem.
I can boot DOS 6.22 from the built in floppy, so the hardware is working OK, although I did replace the drive when the problem appeared.
Any suggestions gratefully received before it all goes out of the window (ha ha)
 
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muckshifter

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When the Dell logo appears, tap F2 key until the message ... Entering Setup ... appears. If you miss it, try again. :)

http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/SLN114872/EN

WARNING: Incorrectly changing the BIOS settings may leave the computer in a state in which the Operating System will no longer start. We recommend that you record the original BIOS settings before you modify them.

just check to see if the A: drive (floppy drive) has been found.
 
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Thanks Muckshifter, I'd forgotten that, haven't had to do it for some time.
Yes the floppy drive is there, correctly identified as 3.5 inch 1.44 MB. If I set the boot sequence to start with A:, it quite happily boots up a DOS 6.22 floppy, so I guess the bios and hardware are all OK.
 
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Muckshifter you're a GENIUS. I backed up the registry, then tried the first part of the suggestions, and removed the Upperfilters. There was no Lowerfilters to remove, so I exited and rebooted, and voila! the floppy disc worked, and no exclamation marks in Device manager.
Thats saved me a lot of bother, as I need to email legacy PCB files from my old DOS PC, and the only transfer media is floppy disc. It's really hard being a Dinosaur nowadays. :)
 
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