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Re: [OT] Broken CD-ROM drive

kmself@ix.netcom.com wrote:

> Can you read from the CDR from another OS?  Can you swap the drive to a
> different system?  Have you checked all cables carefully?  I mention the
> last because I had a dead CDR (though it wasn't registering on boot
> either) which turned out to have a disconnected IDE cable....

Well, I do have a Windows system on that machine, but I haven't yet
tried to read the CD with it.  (I simply don't use Windows anymore, can
you imagine?  :)

Anyway, considering that
- I can't boot from CDs anymore using that drive (it works with the same
BIOS settings and CD, but with another drive)
- it worked before I used this machine to bootstrap another one
(exchanging boards, hard disks, and stuff)
- everything works fine, when I put in another CD-ROM drive
- it won't work, when I put this drive on the primary IDE controller or
connect it to another board
I'm pretty sure that it's the drive that's broken.

So any ideas?

I figure, that I can get another (possibly used) IDE drive very cheaply,
I just wonder, whether I can get this back to work easily.  That's why I
tried to play an audio CD.  I thought, that it might be the lens which
needed cleaning.  Won't cut it though.

Thanks anyway,
Viktor Rosenfeld
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