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Laptop woes - Jamieson Cobleigh

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About two weeks ago, the CD drive in my 12" Powerbook G4 stopped working. My laptop is 3 years and 3 months old, putting it 3 months out of warranty. No big deal; I can get by without a working CD drive.

On Friday, my laptop stopped booting (more specifically, it would boot, but only after at least 15 minutes had passed). After running some disk repair utilities, reinstalling the OS twice (once as an Archive and Install, once as an Erase and Install), my laptop was still not booting properly.

After talking with my department's tech staff, they suggested disconnecting the CD drive from the motherboard. I spent a half hour over lunch today taking my laptop apart (with help), disconnecting the CD drive, and putting the laptop back together again. The laptop seems happy again and is booting normally.

Our best guess is that the following conversation was happening during bootup:

  • Computer (to CD drive): Are you a CD drive?
  • CD Drive: BGAK!
  • Computer: That's not yes or no. Are you a CD drive?
  • CD Drive: OOK!
  • Computer: That's not yes or no. Are you a CD drive?
  • CD Drive: FLUFFY!
  • ...

Since the CD drive had stopped working, it wasn't going to answer yes or no, so the way to break the loop was to disconnect it so the computer can't talk to it anymore.

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From:silly_lilly
Date:May 9th, 2006 10:29 am (UTC)
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Eeek.
Don't you hate machines that stop working as soon as the warranty is up?

So, can you get a replacement optical drive?

Did whatshername (reveilles...but can't remember how to do the name link) help?
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From:jcobleigh
Date:May 9th, 2006 10:32 am (UTC)
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I can get a replacement optical drive, but it would cost about $200, and I don't think it's worth putting more money into this laptop.
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From:silly_lilly
Date:May 9th, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)
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so

are you saving for a macbook (pro)?
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From:jcobleigh
Date:May 9th, 2006 10:43 am (UTC)
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We'll see what happens. I'd like to get one, but want to wait until the second generation is released since Apple seems to have had more issues than normal with the first MacBook Pros.
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From:dasubergeek
Date:May 9th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
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I have a spare CD-RW out of a PC. I'm almost positive that won't help at all, but you're welcome to it (speak fast, though, since it's going to Goodwill if you don't) if you like.
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From:jcobleigh
Date:May 10th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the offer, but I don't think it will help. I doubt it will fit into my laptop correctly since Apple packs their laptops very tightly.
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From:silly_lilly
Date:May 10th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
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very cheap to make it external :)

but then i guess that's what the other computer is for!
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