Well it all started when the machine went into self-check after 30 or more mins of dubbing HDD to DVD; the time to failure varied but was always around that period (the DVDr being useless afterwards). Then it started taking longer & longer to start up, doing multiple restarts. now it sits there looking blank and inert, not even getting as far as the self-check.
I have done a little investigation and it sounds as though a relay is operating on power up (in the psu area of the main board). Having disconnected the DVD drive completely (but leaving the loop in/out ribbons connected) the machine does start self-check but unsurprisingly doesn’t get too far.
I then disconnected the ribbons from the interface (drive controller?) board on the underside of the DVD drive assembly to the drive chassis itself, when the assembly is plugged back into the main board…’‘click’ … that relay again, and a blank display.
Now to my ‘old tech’ head, this screams that this interface board whatsit has given it up…
1- Does this sound reasonable or am I on completely the wrong track?
2- does anyone have any idea how much it’s going to cost to get replacement part(s), and is it worth it?
3- Any other thoughts?
4- If there’s no economical point in trying to repair, can I salvage the HDD contents before binning the thing?
Any help would be appreciated…xx A