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    New Lounger
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    DVD-ROM doorstop

    Bought a bare DVD-ROM drive, Toshiba M1612, "bare" means minimum documentattion, no cables or software. Installed as master on MB's secondary IDE.

    BIOS recognized it OK, Win98 picked it up fine but...

    The first time I inserted a CD disk the drawer caught on the way in and I had to give it a pretty solid push to go the rest of the way. Then it wouldn't eject. So I used the emergency hole. With windows still up. The tray popped out like it should, but...

    After that, any disc inserted would almost immediately eject itself. Drawer seemed to want to stay open; opening upon system boot and again after closing the drawer, disc in or not,unless I held it closed with finger. I visited Toshiba tech support on the Web, and learned one should never use that little hole with system power on. Of course, the minimal docs I got with the drive didn't mention that.

    Drive has been uninstalled (all cables yanked and zapped in Device Manager) left that way for 24 hours, and plugged back in. Drawer still wants to stay open. So it got yanked and I got another drive, a DVD/CDRW combo and it does what I want.

    Obviously, this is something mechanical. If I open the drive, could I fix? I've already performed successful surgery on a old CD-rom, extending its life until I could replace it.

    Any experience here?

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    Re: DVD-ROM doorstop

    I would suggest that you attempt surgery on it. If that fails try the following:

    1 - take out your frustrations with large sledgehammer and smash to bits
    2 - take pieces outside and spray paint gold
    3 - take pieces back inside and draw smiley faces on them
    4 - hang previously known CDROM pieces as ornaments on your Christmas tree
    5 - sit back and have a beer in piece...

    <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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    Plutonium Lounger
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    Re: DVD-ROM doorstop

    Or,

    - sit back and have a beer in peace...
    - sit back and have another beer in peace...
    - sit back and have yet another beer in peace...

    Then, there will be peace on earth.....

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