[GRLUG] Fussy Optical Drive [probably hardware]

Raymond McLaughlin driveray at ameritech.net
Wed Jun 4 05:36:08 EDT 2008

JD Walsh III wrote:
> Since I moved one of my computers to a new case, I have an issue where I 
> will insert a CD or DVD into the main optical drive, and it will reject 
> it. Specifically, the tray slides in, it thinks for a moment, and then 
> the tray slides back out. No messages at all in Linux (unless they're 
> hidden in a log file somewhere). Sometimes the disc stays in the first 
> time, but usually it takes two or three tries before the drive accepts 
> it. Once the drive accepts the disc, though, everything seems to work 
> just fine.
> As I can use the drive with a minimum of inconvenience, this is a 
> low-priority problem, but I would really like to know why it's 
> happening. I've checked the cable connections from the drive to the 
> motherboard (twice), and they seem snug. 

Checking the cable was a good idea. Getting a new one would be better. I
could cry at the amount of time I've spent trying to fix problems that
turned out to be because of bad data cables. But of course crying would
be a further waste of time :)
If that doesn't work a new drive (on your new cable) would probably be
the route of least resistance.

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