I need a little help here. I have a late 2002 Dell Dimension 8250, and its killing my optical drives. I've had 3 drives die in the Master position on the 2nd IDE channel. Now, it seems my slave DVD-ROM has also been hit, as it sporatically stops reading discs and gives me various other errors. I may be at fault, since all these problems seem to have come after I tried a little cable-mod (used that plastic tubbing and zip ties on the power supply lines and IDE cables to try and clean it up a little). Never had any problems before this.
At first, I wasn't sure it was the computer, but after 3 I'm pretty sure. I have another computer (home-built) right next to it, running 24/7 too, and it has 3 optical drives on it and none of them have EVER had any problems. So, I don't think it is anything to do with the power outlet or anything like that (power surges, etc...the home-built machine would have also been damaged).
Plus, the Dell has 2 hard drives on the 1st IDE channel, and they have NEVER had any problems at all (ran drive checking software). It never crashes or gives me any problems, other than the normal WinXP stuff.
What I want to know, is what could be the cause? If its the power supply (I always use the same power connection from the PS to attach to the master optical drive), could it only be damaging the optical drives and not the other drives and mobo? Would it work like that? I figured it would affect all the devcies attached to the power supply.
Could it be the IDE? Some kinda voltage spike or something comming down the ide cable?
I just don't know how it can kill 3 (going on 4) optical drives and not do anything to the 2 hard drives or mobo/processor.
I need to know how to proceed...just get a new PS, or, because the Dell mobo is proprietary, get a new case, PS, mobo, ram (it uses RDRAM, and I can't find any deals on a cheap replacement using RDRAM, and I'm not gonna drop a mint to get an old RDRAM setup--although I have 768mb or RDRAM, and that wasn't cheap).
Thanks for any help.