laptop DVD-RW drive

Me / MY OWN
February 6, 2009 at 14:24:19
Specs: Slackware 12, Win2K, Celeron D 3.1 Gigs,
I've got a Dell Inspiron 1505 laptop with a DVD-RW drive that has me stumped. I'm having issues installing alternative OSes. I have tried to install various Linux distros (Mandrake,Suse,Fedora Core) as well as FreeBSD version 6.1 and 7.11 via the drive in question. Usually the install will either fail, because during the install, the media is suddenly not detected, or the installations will have a lot of components that fail to install (like X.org during the aforementioned FreeBSD installs). This seems to happen with both CDs and DVDs. The exception is Slackware Linux 12 (DVD), which installs without a hitch. Given that some of the installation media is a year or two old and came from the same vendor (however different media has had similar issues), and that I've tried a different DVD drive with similar results, what are the odds that this is a driver controller failure? The drive I sapped it with was used, so maybe I should try a new drive and see what happens? I've considered that some of the media (especially that from the same vendor) could be bad, but it worked before? Whay does the Slackware DVD have not problems and the FreeBSD DVD does? Any ideas? If hardware compatibility was an issue, I don't think that would make the installations fail without notice. Could the drive be incompatible with the OS? Maybe that's it. This thing has me stumped and I welcome another opinion. Thanks.

whitshade


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February 6, 2009 at 14:35:14
Optical drives are complicated hardware. There are TWO lasers. One for CD and one for DVD. Each of them vary the intensity of the laser to read or write. Then there is the speed issue. Also the brand of disk.

Your drive lenses may be getting dirty, which impacts the intensity of the laser. You can get a lense cleaning kit. You can also try duplicating the disks. If you do that copy the hard drive and then burn from there and keep the burn speed low.


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February 7, 2009 at 05:34:02
Thanks for the reply, O. I'll get a cleaning kit and see that helps. If that doesn't help, I'll try duplicating the disks, keeping your advice about burning them in mind.

whitshade


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