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Ron VanDyke
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:25 pm:   

Topic: Diskette Drive A Error

Lately,and for no aperent reason,no new software or anything like that, On bootup I keep getting the following error message:02B0/Diskette Drive A Error. Futher inspection of my CMOS set-up,the DMI event log reveals a preboot error: Floppy drive 0 Error. Choices at the error are (F1 for Setup or Esc to continue). Esc. continues the boot process, windows 98 starts and everything works properly including the floppy,(an Imation 120 mb) Gateway G-6 450XL,128mb.I Have replaced Imations 120mb floppy with new one(no help), reinstalled Win'98(no Help),Cleared NVRAM(no help), Flashed the bios with the latest ver. from gateway(no help),Any Solutions???
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:25 pm:   

One idea would be to check the cmos and see if the actual setting for the floppy drive is right. Make sure that it is set on the superdisk or 1.44meg floppy or whatever the drive documentation says to have it on. If that is correct then double check the floppy cable and make sure it's plugged in the right way. Usually if it's backwards the light on the front of it will always stay on. There is also a chance the floppy cable might be bad. That's another inexpensive item that's easy to be replaced. The last thing I can think of the onboard controller for the floppy drive might have shorted out. This would be the most extreme case. You would not be able to detect any drives whatsoever. The only fix for this is to replace it. Now sometimes you can just add a controller card and disable everything on it but the floppy controller and then hook it up that way. If that isn't a possibility then the only fix is to replace the mainboard. This would be an absolute last resort. If your going to try this then make sure you try everything else first.

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