mobo : Asus A7N8X-X RAM : 512MB DDR OS : XP Pro SP2 fully updated installed BIOS release : v. 1010 Whenever I try to read out a diskettes content - new or old diskettes doesn't matter at all - a message pops up stating "device not ready, check blah blah"; Then after 3 seconds the message disappears and a dialog opens in which the diskettes contents are shown. From that moment on I can do whatever I like with diskettes ( reading from and storing to diskette is no problem then ), until after a reboot of the system, after which the story begins again as described above. There's also an AV installed (NOD) but it has nothing to do with that : the problem was there before the AV or even anything else was installed. For the rest the system doesn't show any problems at all whatsoever, just this diskette magic. I've googled the heck out of it but while there are some others referring to the same problem, I never couldn't find any solution. This problem is keeping me busy for 3 months now : I can live with it - by all means what's 3 seconds to wait ? - but the problem just shouldn't be there in the first place imho, because other machines don't show up this weirdness, that means I never ever saw it before on any other machine. There's no update for the BIOS available AFAIK ; No error messages system wide or in Event viewer. Nothing out of the ordinary in Device Manager. I already replaced the floppy disk cable for a brand new one, albeit I couldn't spot any damage on the old one, not even with a magnifying glass. The mobo was brand new, as were all other components of the system.PSU = 450W Levicom. Any suggestions, ideas ?