I’ve been having a bit of technical difficulty for a while now, and I am looking for any advice people might be able to offer as to what is happening.
A short while back I bought a simple test box (Protech Celeron 400) to install Linux on in an attempt to learn a little more about webservers. I plugged everything into it, installed Red Hat 7 on it nicely, and was away.
After formatting the HD before reinstalling Linux, I noticed (after much frustration) that the CD Drive was no longer working and that I couldn’t install of CD. Figuring it was a fault with the CD Drive (which was somewhat old) I plugged in another, newer CD drive and installed off that.
It was later wiped again as I leant it to someone who installed 98 for some testing…when they went to install it, though, they found the CD drive failed to work.
I think I plugged in another CD drive at some stage which also failed to work.
At first I thought that the computer might be burning out the drives, but they power up and eject the trays fine…just fail to read from CDs at all. BIOS acknowledges their existence too.
I’ve read at a couple of places that a version of Mandrake destroyes the firmware on LG drives, and I’m wondering if this is the problem, and if there is any way I could test for this.
If there are any suggestions anyone could make as to how to I could test to see what’s going on, or how I could try resetting the firmware on my CD drives, it would be much appreciated. I’m quite new to a lot of the hardware side to computing, so I’m grateful for any advice anyone can offer!
Cheers in advance.