November 23rd, 2008

Bad Hardware

daisy_knotwise told me a couple of days ago that the DVD drive in the Guy Box (it's a combo DVR/DVD recorder from Toshiba) was refusing to load the Pooh disks that she wanted to play. Of course, given the condition of some of the Pooh disks, that might not have been a great surprise, but they were able to play in the Toshiba DVD player in the living room, so I suspected a minor problem at best.

Last night, we sat down in the family room to watch the copy of Casino Royale that dek9 had loaned us some time ago. It wouldn't load.

I went to living room and grabbed the DVD player from that set. Then it was off to the basement -- twice! -- to get the required cables, then find the remote, then reconfigure the player, then finally load the DVD.

On the third try.

My hardware hates me, apparently.

A bit of searching later, it appears that the failed DVD burner in the DVR can be replaced with an inexpensive LG model instead of the $350+ part I found elsewhere on line. That's good. But that bit of surgery is going to be postponed for a bit.

In the meantime, I'm buying a cheap DVD player. I'm sure I'll find a use for it...