Re: [ALG-technical] curious issue with Linux / WIndowsXP
2009-04-02 14:17:06 GMT
First, thanks for the input!
The disc was burned on a Windows 2008 (used as a workstation) with PowerISO.
I'd go with likely hardware issue too...It's an aging system and as much as I'd like to say "this is all windows' fault", it is pretty unexpected for windows to do this on reading discs.
As far as age-specific details...I'm not sure, but I know the drives are at least 2-3 years old..The older of the two I think is more like 4-5 years old.. I haven't tried cleaning them yet though, but it was a recommendation so I think I'll look at grabbing a cleaning disc and see how that works.
I'd go with a possible hardware problem. Can you attach that external
USB DVD drive to the windows machine to just make sure it's not a
My dad tried using one of those lens cleaning disks (for the CD
drives). I don't think he's had a chance to test it out yet.
In my experience, usually the burner part of a drive will last about 2
years before becoming somewhat flaky. And then some reader drives
either last about 3 years, or almost last forever.
Unfortunately, you really can't open the drive and find a piece of
dust casing a problem, or adjust some screw or replace a belt, like a
turn table. I just have to buy a new drive every few years. I
rationalize it that if I can find a drive around $30-$40, it will save
me hours and hours of frustration.
On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 9:04 AM, Robert Parkhurst> _______________________________________________> I've got a curious situation on an old system of mine at home involving
> WindowsXP and Linux. The box has had Windows and Linux installed in its
> time--currently it's a WindowsXP box (I've got the better box setup as my
> Linux box). The system itself is an AthlonXP 2500+ (32-bit, single core
> CPU). It has two IDE DVD drives (one -ROM and one -RW) both are on the same
> IDE chain. I've also got an IDE hard drive on the other chain that is my
> boot drive.
> The issue is that I've been trying to copy over files from burned discs (-R
> DVD media mostly). I know that DVD-R media doesn't protect the data as well
> which is what I thought was the initial problem. The problem is that I get
> CRC failures on data on the discs so the data can't be copied over to my
> system (i.e. to "My Documents" or whatever).
> Installing software from discs though doesn't seem to be an issue (i.e. I
> can install Sim City 3000, Warcraft III, etc.)...So maybe this is something
> specific to burned media only?
> I know the media is good because if I throw the disc into my external USB
> DVD-RW drive (attached to my Linux box) I can copy the data files over
> without a problem.
> But I'm also hesitant to say it's a hardware issue with my DVD drives
> because while I don't have Linux on my system now it's been on there pretty
> recently (I had OpenSuSE 10.3 on it not more than 6 months ago) and I don't
> ever recall having an issue with either DVD drive in that system...
> Does anyone know why windows would possibly act like this (other than it's
> windows ?
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