[TAG] cdrom problem
ben at callahans.org
Sun May 16 09:36:54 MSD 2004
On Sat, May 15, 2004 at 08:44:50PM -0400, Joseph Lalingo wrote:
> Hi, Bill;
> I disconnected that troublesome cdrom that wouldn't work. It's a 52X
> Goldstar cheap model.
> Originally it worked ok but an unfortunate click of the wrong keys on my
> keyboard gummed up
> the works and I could no longer use that cdrom yet the LIGHT IS STILL
> ON. I'm referring to
> the CDROM but Not my CDR(W) aka BURNER which still works fine.
Joseph, I have a strong suspicion that you're attaching a cause to an
unrelated event. You may have been doing some sort of "key-clicking" at
the time that the drive failed, but this does not mean that the former
caused the latter; once past the early 1980s (the days of Motorola 6800
and a few truly stupid 80286 implementations), computer hardware that
can be damaged by software (including any keystrokes you want to do) is
> So disconnecting the cdrom by unplugging the computer and
> disconnecting the cdrom from its
> bus-line and four-pronged plug while the computer was unplugged and
> reversing the procedure as if I installed it again didn't help.
It sounds to me like you've got a CDROM that's gone bad. No amount of
twiddling is going to bring it back - unless, of course, it's plugged in
wrong in the first place. Otherwise, buy another drive and forget about
> I suspect it could be a software problem with RH9 but I'm floored that
> this problem continues.
Unless the drive works with other versions of Linux or other OSes and
fails to work with RH9, that statement smacks of much wishful thinking.
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