New DVD writer installed

Simply messing about with computer Hardware

I got the new dvd-writer and 120G hard drive late Wednesday, but I
sprained my ankle Wednesday night, and Thursday I spent in bed with my
foot elevated, and Friday I spent catching up from the things I didn’t
do on Thursday.

So this morning I got up, took care of the important email, and
shut down the computer.

I was replacing the old dvd reader with the new dvd writer, so I
just looked at the cables and jumpers on the old one and put the new
ones on the same way. This turned out to work.

I have tested cd reading, and it’s fine. DVD playing is even
better than with the old one, at least for Zone 1 DVD’s. There’s
apparently a firmware patch for the Creative DVD reader, but you can
only install it under windows. So I’m saving the drive in case I ever
put it on a Windows system and run it. Or I’ll give it to someone.

I’m now looking into testing the dvd-writing. The current page
that looks useful is this one.

I also installed dvdplusrw. It looks like at some point cdrecord
did dvd-RW but not DVD+RW. This may no longer be true, but also the
interface for dvdplusrw might be better. (They’d have to work hard to
make it worse.)

It’s lunchtime now, so I may not get much more done on this today, but
it looks good.

Complicated messing about with computer hardware

I tried 2 different jumper settings and still didn’t get the bios to
recognize the new hard drive.

Also, since I’m retiring the SCSI enclosure that had the CD-writer in
it (also the busted tape drive), I need to find a different cable for
the scanner, so it can connect directly to the SCSI card instead of
daisy-chaining through the enclosure.

I don’t think I’ll do any more on either of those things today.

BRS

Emailed Bruce about Alan.

Emailed status to the Board. Mary Briggs doesn’t see why I don’t
ask for more discount on the summer sessions.

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