My AOpen case really sucks…

Yesterday I picked up an old DVD-ROM drive that I had swapped out from a computer I was setting up for someone. “I’ll install this at home,” I thought. (I actually didn’t have any DVD drive at all in my system.)

I took it home and opened up my system to install it. Unscrewed the stuff at the back and took it off. So far so good.

Then I tried to figure out exactly how the drive was meant to fit in. Now, while I’ve installed new drives for others before, I’ve actually never done it on my own system. This is where the trouble began…

Firstly I wanted to remove the plastic plates that covered the 5 1/4″ drive bay. That involves removing the system’s front panel. This particular front panel, however, was secured by three plastic clips on the left and right and four (I think) on the top and bottom. It took *ages* to get off, I would guess around 20 minutes.

Secondly, only one side of the 5 1/4″ drive bay bracket is exposed. To get to the other side you have to remove the 3 1/2″ FDD and HDD bracket first, which is rather inconvenient as you have to slide it along before pulling it out.

So now, after removing the front panel and the drive bay’s plastic cover, and unscrewing my existing drive, I saw that there was a fair bit of metal covering pretty much where the drive bay is. I figured that that was supposed to be torn off when installing a new drive, although I don’t exactly see why it’s needed (none of the other systems I’ve seen have anything like it). Using various implements I managed to get it all off in a few minutes.

After all that, I was finally able to put in my new ancient 1999 DVD-ROM drive. I was rather happy…

Then THE STUPID CABLE WASN’T LONG ENOUGH… what exactly is the point of putting connectors for master and slave if you can only use the longer one? I thought about it for a few minutes then figured that the middle connector was closer to the motherboard than the drive and that if I unplugged the cable and put the other end in the board it would probably work. And it did.

So after what was probably an hour or more of work I can now play DVDs. Slowly…

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