Re: Loose cable?

Subject: Re: Loose cable?
From: Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com>
To: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 19:46:10 -0800

Cardimon, Craig wrote:
> The DVD/CD drive on my second-hand computer sometimes functions. I have
> tracked the error down to a message that basically means I need a new
> cable connection between the drive and the rest of the machine. Should I
> trust this message? Is there anything else I can do before I crack the
> box?

Yeah, but maybe not the writer who wrote it :-(

The guage of wire inside disk drive ribbon cables is darned small. When
they get bunched and folded and left to fry on top of something hot
(like a hard drive, or some memory DIMMS), they can become fragile and
might fail. For example, if you try to reuse them when installing a new
drive, they can fritz out when you unfold/untwist the cable from the
position it has been in, then refold/retwist it again with the new
equipment attached. In this case, you'd have a problem that responds to
a new cable. Caveat emptor--even new cables can be bad, so buy a good
one, even an over-engineered one.

Also, I've seen a similiar message that turned out to be a harbinger of
a failing board or BIOS. IIWY, I'd be backing up and shopping around.

Ned Bedinger
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