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Windows NT Stops Responding when You Write to Floppy Disk

Article ID: 106216

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1

This article was previously published under Q106216


If you have a system board with an AMI ROM BIOS on it Windows NT may stop responding (hang) when you try to write to a floppy disk drive.


To work around this problem, try one of the following:

  • Slow the system down by turning off caching, disabling shadowing and/or using the turbo button.
  • If that approach works, enable the caching and shadowing again. Then, in the advanced chip set options, try setting the I/O recovery options to their maximum value. According to AMI, if I/O recovery time is insufficient, device drivers, particularly for UNIX and XENIX will fail. The exact description of the I/O recovery options vary from one BIOS model to another.

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