My lite-on 24102B is working well for over a year now, hasnt got much problem until last nite, when I try to install a new PS/2 mouse, the mysterious thing happened.
I finished test the mouse, and unplug it and head for a reboot, suddenly, bang, the drive does not response at the reboot, with the LED staying on indefinitely, and the machine stucks at the BIOS drive detection screen.
OK, I suspect it was my addition of new hardware to the motherboard and something screwy happened with the motherboard BIOS CMOS data, I did a CMOS reset, surprise to found out the problem still there.
I unplug the DMA66 80wire IDE cable which has the 24102B as its sole master drive, with no slave drive, the problem still the same, with the IDE cable unplug(power Molex connected) the drive still got a long lit LED and refuse to be detected by mobo BIOS.
I got no clue at this point and think it might be all out of coincidence that the drive die on the moment when I unplug my new PS/2 mouse, as such syptom could indicate a burnt out laser diode. So I disassemble the drive, nothing bad is noticeable inside, the drive use Mediatek 1501E controller chipset though.
Put everything back and guess I really out of luck with this drive, as I dont really want to upgrade to any of those 40X+ drives anytime soon, I simply dislike the loudness and mechanical instability of such drive, and there is no way to buy any of those sub-40X drives on the market now. The next morning I try to test it on another machine, to my surprise it worked without any sign of the problem on the nite before. Then I put it back to the original machine, the same, no problem apparently whatsoever, run through a few benchy confirms that there is simply no problem at all with the drive.
So, this seems to be a very hideous problem without much clue, could be a hardware bug with the controller?! I have no idea.