posted on Oct, 27 2014 @ 03:11 PM
As an aside, I thought I'd share a recent story on my electrical failure fun list. I was working on a friend of mine's computer, helping her catalog
some old family photos and put them on DVDs to send out to family members. While I was working with her, after we had successfully burned one DVD, the
drive failed. I mean FAILED. Scary noises and all.
Okay, so I grab the information and take it to my computer. My drive mysteriously stops working too. doesn't make any funny noises, just doesn't
burn. Ugh, alright. Let's try my laptop. NOPE. So I sigh, pull out my static wristband, ground myself, and try again. Suddenly it works. Yep,
Kinda unrelated, but oddly coincidental: I drive an old 98 buick lesabre. Still had the stock stereo, always worked just fine. Last week, my CD Player
suddenly stop working, giving an error code that I looked up, and it was a "read error". So I pop a drive cleaner disc in there (You know, those
discs with a little bitty brush on the data side), no dice. Blow compressed air into the drive to try to knock loose some dust. Nope. Thing was pretty
old, I hadn't probably caused a failure. Frustrated, I go to a local car audio shop, and pick out a new CD Deck for my car.
350 bucks poorer, guy starts installing my stereo. I ask if I hang out in the garage with him while he installs because I didn't want to listen to
the intersection music they had playing in store. He gets the new deck installed, I ask him to test one of my CDs on the new deck.
Annnnnd nope. We put the CD in a demo unit, fires right up. Okay. He replaces the deck, and finally that one works. So I now have a working deck, and
I have a CD in there. But I'm afraid to touch the damn thing for fear of frying it.
I know it's all CD/DVD drive related failures over the last month or so, but I'm not saying it's a pattern, I just happened to have had a lot of
work involving CD/DVD drives lately, and my "superpower" throws wrenches everywhere it can.