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[Dec. 23rd, 2002|06:45 pm]
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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.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2002-12-28 04:51 pm (UTC)
So far I'm inclined to agree with
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So far I'm inclined to agree with <lj-user="c0nsumer">, that it's a problem with the DVD-frequency laser diode. The most screwed up part was that apparently it stopped working some time in between when P last used the drive successfully on Win98 and when we tried it next with Win2k. I don't think it could have possibly been the OS that caused the failure.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2002-12-28 04:52 pm (UTC)
Er, agree with c0nsumer.
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[User Picture]From: nephilimnexus
2002-12-28 06:55 pm (UTC)
You never know ... all the drivers change.
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[User Picture]From: nephilimnexus
2002-12-29 03:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, but from 98 to 2000 there is a lot of changes in drivers. I know it took me a while to get everything updated.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2002-12-29 06:40 pm (UTC)
There's only one cdrom.sys, it's been around since IDE CD-ROMs came out. You only need special drivers for those wacky proprietary drives.
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[User Picture]From: nephilimnexus
2002-12-30 05:02 am (UTC)
Well I know that certain built-in video drivers got changed and I had to go the mnfct. website to get them updated. It's those subtle, little things that get ya.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2002-12-30 08:34 am (UTC)
It's usually things like video and sound cards that W2K installs not-so-good generic drivers for and end up causing problems. If anything, I would suspect the IDE controller drivers before cdrom.sys. I had already updated those with the latest VIA 4in1s.
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[User Picture]From: nephilimnexus
2002-12-30 07:35 pm (UTC)
Oh no ... not the latest drivers! *shudder*

"Never buy anything with a low serial number"
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2002-12-29 08:22 am (UTC)
It's the generic cdrom.sys driver, there isn't much to change.
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