i have the external floppy drive connected to my laptop (2007) and it is reading that the drive is in place but only when there is a floppy in it. however when i click on "A" drive it just freezes my library and nothing shows up.
You start by saying "NOT XP" - What are you saying here ?
Why are you going to A: drive when your Floppy drive was assigned O:
You must have had a problem with A: Drive ?
The USB floppy works a little differently evidently, as it needs media in it to be recognized.