[nSLUG] CD/DVD installation

Kevin Fleming kfleming at accesswave.ca
Thu Jul 26 13:08:08 ADT 2007

Oops! My bad!  I totally forgot about the drive jumpers. I'll kick
myself over it later.

As for being sceptical on the newer DVD-RW technology, since it's
becoming a mature technology, I really don't see the reasoning behind
the scepticism. 

As to not needing the ability to write DVD's, sure, you may not need the
ability today.... But what about tomorrow, when you find yourself
frantically looking for another CD to add to the pile for your backup on
a large drive when you could just as easily use a lot less plastic and
other resources like computer time or your time.  

As to the heat issue, I don't try to stuff a load of electronics into a
small space unless I really need to, and then it's helpful to know the
power consumption of the devices used so you can add the proper heat
sinks or other methods of dumping heat outside the case to keep the
components cool. 

Most desktop cases these days are more empty space than anything else,
and a few extra fans using the on board fan connectors from your
motherboard are easily installed in the case for flow thru ventilation.
I really fail to see why anyone using a computer would want to have it
so small someone can just filch the thing and stuff it into a briefcase
and walk off with it. Being unwieldy has its advantages. 

Once again, just my two cents worth....... 

> On 7/24/07, Kevin Fleming <kfleming at accesswave.ca> wrote:
> > > I wasn't particularly enamoured of my brief intro to KDE and I tried
> > > it because I don't particularly like Gnome either. I've tried a couple
> > > of the WMs that you can choose at login--metacity and something else,
> > > both of which are pretty lame. Suggestions?
> > >
> > > I think I'll get a new CD-ROM drive. On a scale of 1-10 how easy/hard
> > > is this for me to do myself?
> It is one of the easiest hardware tasks.  You should be aware of static
> precautions (not much of an issue today unless you are in and A/C
> environment) and heat -- you shouldn't replace a CD reader in one of
> those older compact form factor desktops with a writer because the
> system wasn't designed to handle the extra heat.
> > If all you are doing is a CD or DVD drive, it's dead easy. 3 on a scale
> > of 1-10. Just open the case and locate the screws holding the CD/DVD in
> > place, remove the screws, remove any ribbon cables from the rear and
> > also the power supply cable and sound output cable if applicable, then
> > slide the beast out the front of the computer case.
> >
> > Once it is clear, just reverse the order of steps and you will have the
> > new CD/DVD installed shortly.  After you have inserted all cables (which
> > are keyed), you should be able to boot the box and your drive will be
> > detected and if your BIOS is set to boot from an alternate drive you
> > will hear the sweet sounds of success.
> You should check jumper settings on the old drive -- usually there are
> settings for Master/Slave/Cable Select.   I've had a few older Dell systems
> where just matching the original setting (no jumpers=CS) didn't work.  I
> suspect some OEM drives may have been tweaked so (no jumpers=slave)
> to save a few seconds on the assembly line.
> > BTW, IMHO a new dual layer DVD-RW, or if you want to get jiggy, and can
> > afford it, a Blu-ray or high density drive would be best as you are able
> > to do both CD and DVD/new media style burns.  I have both a DVD-R and
> > dual layer -RW that accepts multi-format disks, in the box, but that's
> > just me.  They are cheap enough now to be able to find one for a good
> > price and install it.
> I'm skeptical of the reliability of the newest technology.  If you don't need
> to write DVD's, then CDRW/DVDR drives are bog standard, cheap, and
> usually reliable.

Kevin Fleming
BlackBerry Technical Support Desktop Analyst
Registered Linux User 

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