[nSLUG] Scale 1-10 of CD/DVD installation

Robert Ashley rb.ashley at gmail.com
Thu Jul 26 13:13:32 ADT 2007

Appreciate the extra tips and cautions, George.



On 7/26/07, George N. White III <gnwiii at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> --
> George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
> Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia
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