[nSLUG] CD/DVD installation

Jeff Warnica jeff at coherentnetworksolutions.com
Thu Jul 26 12:44:16 ADT 2007

I suspect that the difference in price between a DVD and a DVD+/-RW is  
about $20, at most. And I've had a CD/RW drive where the RW stuff died  
and the read continued to work... Its thus (to me, at least) fairly  
low risk.

I didn't see it mentioned before: Dont just turn off your computer,  
but unplug the power supply as well. Even "off" power runs to the  
motherboard. And while I've never toasted a whole board, I have killed  
at least one drive plugging things into an "off" motherboard.

Quoting Kevin Fleming <kfleming at accesswave.ca>:

> 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
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