[nSLUG] CD/DVD installation

Robert Ashley rb.ashley at gmail.com
Thu Jul 26 23:52:02 ADT 2007

I'm happy to watch this 1-or-3-outa-10 job CD-Drive replacement
attract all these cautionary addenda. I guess there's always more to
stuff than meets the eye.

Thanks everyone. This thread turned out to be way more instructive
than I first anticipated.


On 7/26/07, Dop Ganger <nslug at fop.ns.ca> wrote:
> On Thu, 26 Jul 2007, Jeff Warnica wrote:
> > 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.
> Good call. I've killed the IDE interface on a motherboard that way, too.
> Another note - don't unplug the power and then immediately start
> plugging/unplugging stuff; the capacitors hold a charge for a while,
> depending on the idle draw and the quality of the PSU (higher rated PSUs
> have bigger caps which hold a charge longer). Most boards have an LED
> which will drain remaining current and go out when it's drained; there
> will also be a "chirp" sound. Until the charge is drained from all the
> caps the board is still live (and I've seen some boards take up to 30
> seconds to fully discharge).
> Cheers... Dop.
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