[Novalug] Spare Dell laptop CD drive

Jay Hart jhart@kevla.org
Sun Aug 14 21:51:10 EDT 2011


I actually have a USB drive but the BIOS is so old it doesn't recognize it or
doesn't allow me to boot from it.  take your pick..

The gizmo is interesting to say the least.  Have you tried it, or something


> This laptop is probably 10 years old or more, I would not be surprised if all
> kinds of stuff is failing.  It could also be the power brick that is giving
> out.
> However, if you want to get a CD installed working, I recommend you get one of
> these:
> http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?InvtId=2020
> You can borrow mine, but for $13, I recommend buying it - it has many uses!
> You can hook up the CD drive from your desktop computer using this device and
> turn it into a USB drive to connect to the laptop to install an OS.
> Igor
> ________________________________
> From: Jay Hart <jhart@kevla.org>
> To: novalug@calypso.tux.org
> Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2011 5:57 PM
> Subject: [Novalug] Spare Dell laptop CD drive
> Another friend gave me a laptop to repair.  It had a bad HDD so I replaced it.
> Now it seems like the CDROM drive motor is failing, it spins up and down, you
> can hear it.
> The Laptop is a Dell PPO4L, and the CDROM ROM drive is a Samsung Model SN-124.
> Anyone have something that I could borrow to finish loading this PC up?  I'll
> pickup or pay shipping both ways.  When you are installing the CD Drive the
> connector is in the back on the left side.
> Anyone heard of these units having a bad internal power controller that could
> cause this, the HDD was doing the exact same thing.
> Thanks,
> Jay
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