The desktop computer is going to travel about 450 miles to get a repair. Actually, what it will have is the slot DVD/CD drive completely replaced. I will have the DVD that is stuck in it returned to me. That is policy, I understand. The disk will be disposed of extremely quickly upon its return.
While the computer itself is usable, the sound of the optical drive motor clicking, whirring, trying to eject, interminably, becomes like a dripping tap in the night. It was really bothering me. I was also worried that the drive motor would get overheated and do something nasty to the system. 8|
I have never overused used slot DVD/CD drives (the type that are installed in laptops) for the reason that I am always concerned about the way a disk is grabbed into the slot, followed by what I thought was an irrational concern about it getting stuck. And another thought, what about the content of the recording being vitiated. Well, now my fears have been realised with a desktop computer that has a slot drive designed into it. 😡
Chatting to a relative about this state of affairs, I realise that all was not well, in all likelihood, for some time. I commented that the recordings of everything were very slow, a bit noisy, certainly slow by comparison to other systems I have used. The recording speed, if all had been well, would not have been 16X anyway, (I think Microsoft systems are programmed for it) it would have been a cautious 8X recording speed. That’s alright, I do not mind the 8X speed. Snails Olympic pace or equivalent, I do mind.
I have decided that in future, I shall work with an external tray design DVD/CD recording drive. I had two such tray design drives, which came as part of the system with my previous desktop computer’s box of tricks. They were sturdy drives and behaved as if they were virtually indestructible.