But what if you connect a USB floppy drive to your system, insert the driver floppy, turn on the system, and text mode Setup doesn’t detect the presence of the floppy drive? This has actually happened to a few admins I know, and there are two things you can try to resolve this problem. First, try a different USB floppy drive in case the problem one is either not working properly or is not supported by text mode Setup. And second, if the first solution fails, check whether you have the latest update for your system’s BIOS. And while you’re in BIOS you might also check to make sure USB support isn’t disabled in the BIOS!
Mitch Tulloch was lead author for the Windows Vista Resource Kit from Microsoft Press, which is THE book for IT pros who want to deploy, maintain and support Windows Vista in mid- and large-sized network environments. For more information see www.mtit.com.