Posted 19 January 2011 - 02:41 PM
1999 Gateway Performance 450 - came with Win98 and Toshiba SD-M1202 , 4x/32x , IDE, DVD-ROM .
The DVD drive bay is noisy , dry scratchy sounding on every reboot even though system boots from HD .
Even when I " disable " in : START --> CONTROL PANEL -->PERFORMANCE and
MAINTENANCE --> SYSTEM --> DEVICE MANAGER and reboot , I still get dry
rumbling scratchy sound from DVD-ROM .
Do not know how to cure , so I am inclined to replace ($50 ).
Does the replacement have to be the exact item ( to be certain that any future installs of an OS
will be able to utilize the CD-ROM install discs ) or can I swap to anything that is on sale ?
I do not know how the BIOS plays a role in this if no OS is installed on a blank HD .
Reading the web informed me that manufacturer Gateway may have installed software
to allow just the OEM Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-M1202 to be utilized .
I have not learned enough about this topic.
Looking for guidance on choice of replacement hardware DVD-ROM . Exact replacement vs. generic ?