I would take one last stab at trying to detect a virus on the new hard drive

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Hi,

some 3 years ago I had an older 486 Laptop. Atonce the floppy drive couldn't access floppies anymore. I think after using one floppy. Trying to format floppies always resulted in an error massage "Spur 0 damaged" (German something like line 0 ?) On an other PC the floppy could be formatted.

I thought I got rid of all damaged floppies. I even bought a new floppy drive but the same behaviour.

One year ago I bought a new notebook and forgot teh problem. Accidentally I used one of the old floppies and now I have the same problem with the new notebook. Floppy drive doesnt work any more. No files cvan be read from any floppy. I changed the hard disk (oparating system installed before using the bad floppy) still the floppy drive regards all floppies as damaged.

I cant find a virus. Can a virus be stored somewhere else in the system than on the Hard disk?

I don't know what I can do.

Thanks for any help. Sorry if my english is not correct.

Ludwig

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This question was answered on November 7, 2002. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Hi Ludwig,

My guess would be that the old floppy has a virus on it,which infected your new floppy drive I would try one last time looking for viruses.

I would put in a windows 98 startup disk and download a virus protection software of some sort I would recommend trend micro for the virus protection software.

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Posted by Dan of Mesa Community College on November 7, 2002