[rescue] Partial success

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at verizon.net
Tue Jun 24 18:00:28 CDT 2008

>From: Sridhar Ayengar <ploopster at gmail.com>
>Date: 2008/06/24 Tue PM 06:18:41 EDT
>To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
>Subject: Re: [rescue] Partial success

>Lionel Peterson wrote:
>>> From: Mike Hebel <nimitz at nimitzbrood.com>
>>> Date: 2008/06/24 Tue AM 10:40:47 EDT
>>> To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
>>> Subject: Re: [rescue] Partial success
>> <snip>
>>>>> Well, in that case, just put it in upside down :-)
>>>> Won't fit the bracket that way.  Plus, slim optical drives tend not to
>>>> have clips to hold the disk in when used in unusual orientations like,
>>>> say, upside down.  ;)
>>> No...they (99%) have spring-loaded retaining bearings/clips on the central
>>> spindle.  They hold the disc in any orientation.  I don't think I've ever
>>> seen one without them.
>> But the issue is you'd have to hold the disc in-place as the drive tray retracts - sub-optimal for nearly all conveivable terrestial applications...
>No you don't.  You just push the disc against the spring-loaded spindle 
>until it attaches and then put the tray in.
>You know, like a laptop drive.  Hold your laptop upside down and the 
>drive still holds the CD.

You're absolutely right - I've been working with a lot of Dell desktops lately that "hide" a full-size (well, half-height ;^) CD-ROM drive behind a bezel, and you only see the tray - I confused these "hidden" drives with proper notebook drives...


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