||[Dec. 23rd, 2002|06:45 pm]
The Veritable TechNinja
|||||Bis - Dead Wrestlers||]|
So I went around to every single independent and chain hardware vendor in Lansing looking for a new DVD-ROM drive for P. I found just about every cheap-ass Taiwanese rebrand out there, and a bunch of 2nd-rate Sony drives. Not one vendor had the venerable Pioneer 106S I was looking for. Finally, I come across Discount PC. They're a lot like the mighty Affordable in that they sell a lot of corporate dispo hardware, cheap. It wasn't even on my little list I made up before I left, I just saw it on the way back from SkyTech. Yeah, I know, they're fucking everywhere... They had a Samsung, which I figured would have to do, since my only other option was the OEM Sony drives. I bought it, and stuck around to share some sysadmin stories and bench talk.
Only when I got home did I realize what I was replacing. A Samsung SD-612. I had just paid $10 more than average for a Samsung SD-616. D'oh! Then again, this is a retail boxed, brand new drive that the techs swore by. The dead drive is an OEM sold to Dell. Normally I take the word of a bench tech with a grain of salt, but these guys knew hardware like I do, by reliability, not the checks from reps. Anyone who would pass by a P2 450 Dell for a P2 350 Micron knows what he's talking about. I popped it in, loaded the latest firmware from Samsung's amusingly Japlish site, and installed the software. Toughest part was getting the case lid off this fucking Dell. Don't know if our problems are solved, but we will when we rent a DVD to watch tonight.