Sorry, I should have provided more details. The boot sequence was the first thing I checked, and floppy comes first. There is an option in the bios for full boot and quick boot, which is set to quick boot. I'm going to try full boot and see if that's what is causing the problem. As it is now, it just ignores the boot disk. I'll give that a try when I get home, and post a follow up in case others have had this problem. At first I was thinking XP was the problem, until I realized that the boot disk should be read before XP starts loading, so it must be in the bios. I guess it's a habit to assume that M$ is trying another ploy to stifle the competition.