xp pro---the a: drive starts to read then quits responding [task mgr.] could it be something in the operating system? why I ask is that I can boot to dos and the floopy works just find. I will read & write like a floppy should but once I boot into windows it fails. I also have a copy of Microscope and it finds no problem w/floppy. I have ck in the bios, deleted the floppy controller etc. I have even changed drives. It all seems to point to the o/s but I do not have a clue where to start. any help appreciated.