The CD-R trouble…

Yesterday was Windows XP’s day. Jbq went on and installed it on his dual 450 PIII and it worked just fine.
Then, it was my turn… riiight…
So, my Jbq bought for me a nice fast IBM 80 GB IDE disk. He also wanted to give me his SCSI CD-R. Because my case was one power cable short (I got 3 more IDE devices there, plus Voodoo5 which needs power), Jbq had to get the motherboard out of my case and install it on another, bigger case. And then, we booted it… And the BIOS could not see any drives (ABIT BP6 mombo, manufactured in 1999). And then, we tried a bit harder to detect the drives… And now the BIOS could see the 80 GB drive as a 30 GB. Excellent… NOT. So, we went to ABIT’s site, downloaded and upgraded the BIOS. Now the drive is identified correctly. Installed XP. Worked fine. Jbq goes to bed, time is already 1 AM. I stay awake to configure XP to my liking. Right click on the CD-R to check out my first CD recordable device ever. Explorer goes down, and takes Windows with it. I reboot. This time rebooting takes forever, as it seem to time out on something. Retry the CD-R. Same crash again.
Time is already 2:30 AM and I go to sleep, pretty pissed about the CD-R situation. Waking up this morning at 7:30 AM, having dreamt my friend Michael giving me advices that it is not CD-R’s problem, but the HPT366 onboard controller’s.
Jbq wakes up and I tell him about the problem. He tries to change the Terminate stuff on the SCSI card. No luck either. I create a boot floppy to boot to BeOS (XP has wiped out the boot manager upon installation) to see if the drive works under BeOS. Nope, the CD-R does not work under BeOS either. So, that means that the CD-R device is just dead (it is already 4.5 years old anyway). So long for my first SCSI and CD-R device in my life…
I will stay with ATAPI and if I will need a CD-RW in the future, I will either get an iMac (which is guaranteed to work), or I will get a combo CD-RW/DVD Atapi drive. I had enough during my time with f*cking around with hardware and incompatibilities and failures and all that computer crap. Just get an iMac or an eMachines or a Dell. And if it breaks, get an other one. Jesus… It just doesn’t worth the trouble. Not even for me, which I run OSNews, and I got to be running a gazillion OSes each time for testing/article purposes.

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