Jules Richardson wrote:
Zane H. Healy wrote:
tricks I can try? Any suggestions for a replacement
drive? (I'm not looking for anything fancy -- just would be nice
to be able to burn CD's on this machine as it has most of my
file archive attached to it)
If you're real lucky, you might be able to get ahold of a 16x Plextor
Hmm, I used to have a Plextor drive - I think it was only 8x though, not
16x. Still, it was a really good drive. Unfortunately mine gave up a few
years ago and I've been through several HP and Yamaha units since
without finding a good replacement. (I think my current 'operational'
I'd avoided Plextor originally as a friend had one that was
always "packing up".
drive is a 4x Yamaha; I'm not near the machine to
It's not that big a deal as I hardly ever use CDs for anything because
they're so unreliable though...
They're great for moving lots of data to/from folks who live
FWIW, I don't think I've *ever* seen a SCSI
CD-RW drive, only CD-R. I
expect that they must exist, though.
Yes, the drive I was complaining about is CD-R/W. Slow, but
still R/W! :> In this application, I just want writeability,
not necessarily speed. I.e. if I want to pull a bunch of files
(e.g., a copy of a mirror) out of my archive to send to a
I disassembled this "bad" Yamaha drive to verify the
mechanisms were at least PRETENDING to work. With the skin
off, I could verify that the spindle was operational,
that the pickup's sled could articulate smoothly, etc.
And, magically, it started recognizing CD's!
OK, put the skin back on. *Still* "works".
Yeah, you know what comes next... reinstalled it in the
AViiON and it's blind, again. :-(
Next attack: pull the mounting rails off the case and
see if *that* brings it back to life!