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I have a Power Computing PowerWave 150 with a StarGate (hybrid PCI/NuBus) riser
card, and, on the internal SCSI bus, 2 IBM hard disks, a Zip drive and a Toshiba 2x
CD-Rom drive as well as a Pioneer CD-Rom stacker (6 disks) on the external SCSI bus.
And, for over a year, it's all been funtioning wonderfully (under OS 7.6.1) until a few
days ago when the internal CD-Rom drive stopped mounting disks. CD-Rom Toolkit,
which I use to manage the drive, still correctly identifies the drive and the drive still
sucks disks in and the drive's light gives 5 or 6 regular flashes as it does so, but the disks
don't mount. I've tried several CD Roms and audio disks, all of which were mounting a
few days ago. I re-installed CD-Rom Toolkit but to no effect. The Pioneer stacker,
which is controlled by it's own software, still funtions normally as do the other disks on
the internal bus. Has my CD-Rom drive gone west?

Thanks in advance,
Steve  = : ^ )
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Your CD-ROM Drive has gone South...not West.
When was the last time it was cleaned?
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by:Erroll
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Must be the different hemisphere thing. ;-) The drive is internal and hasn't been cleaned in the year or more that I've owned the computer and probably never. How do I do this, please?
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by:keuperc
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Did you upgrade to Mac O.S. 8 around that time? If so, it would explain why the drive went south on *your* clone the same day it went south on *my* clone. Apple is no longer supporting the drivers on the clones. You may want to try reinstalling the drivers from the earlier O.S.
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by:Erroll
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Sounds interesting but I'm still on 7.6.1 which was previously working fine. I believe the laser was dirty but only discovered this after purchasing a new Apple 24x drive - but the new drive was relatively cheap and gives me a performance boost so I don't really mind.
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