The old CD-ROM drive had terminal issues. Terminal as in “incurable.” Not terminal as in “text-mode serial IO device.” Anyway, I replaced that drive with a new one of the same make and model but with the proper beige bezel. This one can at least read discs (it just won’t read CD-RWs, a problem I noted in the last machine it was in.)
Since I had to take the faceplate off to access the removable drive cage, I decided to take that opportunity to remove the years of dust and crap that had accumulated all over the vents.
And all the dust gone!
The system found the drive!
The Dell OptiPlex GX1 is my router (for now). It will be repurposed when I get around to turning the GX1 that Matt donated into my new router. The blue Linksys box is a 5-port gigabit switch. The dark green box is the cable modem that I lease from Time Warner. The duck is what they give you when you buy a refurbished but other-than-perfect machine from AnySystem.com. In this case, the imperfections include the patch of sticky label adhesive on the face plates next to the floppy slots and a missing plastic fiber optic panel that normally carries the power-on LED’s green light from deep within the case to the small pinhole right above the power button. I don’t really miss the power-on indicator as I can easily tell when the machine’s running – it roars like a dust buster on steroids. 😛