|PC : Gateway FX6801|
OS : Windows 7 / 64 Bit
DVD Drive : HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH40F
A little bit of background information, so you can better help me. A little less than one year ago (so yes, it's still under warranty) I bought a Gateway FX6801 series desktop.
The DVD drive that came in it (listed as "HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH40F" in the Device Manager) seems to have crapped out on me.
Here's the steps I took to try and resolve the situation :
1) Uninstalled the DVD drive via Device Manager, and rebooted the PC (and yes, it was automatically detected and reinstalled)
2) Deleted the upper & lower filters via the registry (regedit).
3) Tried booting my Ubuntu Live CD to see if the PC would at least recognize that there was bootable media in the drive (and that failed).
4) Checked the boot priority in CMOS
(#1 : CD/DVD. #2) Hard Drive)
After having done all this, I am convinced it's the hardware and not a software issue because I have experienced this type of problem in the past, however booting up Ubuntu's Live CD would always work (thereby proving it wasn't a hardware problem, rather a software [OS] problem). This time it won't even recognize the Ubuntu Live CD.
Now seeing as how it's still under warranty, I can get jerked around by Gateway and have to send in my unit for one simple faulty drive (which is a real pain in the a*s for me) or I can simply replace the drive with another drive.
I'd rather do the latter, quite honestly.
Anyways, I have a few questions :
1) Who is the maker of this horrible drive? I've Googled "HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH40F" review
but nothing turned up. Then I Googled "HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH40F" manufacturer and still couldn't get a lock on it. If anybody could shed some light on this, I'd really like to know who is the maker of this crap-tacular product; just for my own information.
2) I'm going to have to replace the drive now and not sure if I should go with an external or internal. Any thoughts on this people? Asides from price (external obviously being the more expensive) can you help list some pro's and con's? I want to make sure I cover all possible angles before investing in a costly purchase.
3) I'll probably buy a Blu-Ray Burner. Here's what I'll be looking for when I make my decision :
- Data Buffer (assuming the higher, the better)
- All Read & Write Speeds
- Data Access Times (assuming the lower, the better)
Should I be looking for any other specs???