Originally posted by marcInNH
MediocreFred, great info. Thanks. Were there any mechanical changes that had to be made to the D1 or the loader to make it work/fit, or was it just a drop in operation? How bout the power issue, do you think there are any long term concerns about the draw of the Liteon?
Any specific instructions that will make the replacement process go more smoothly?
Thanks again, and to all who've contributed to this thread.
The op was correct in stating that the FUSS loader has a very non-standard mounting system. Regardless, I noticed that once the FUSS loader was removed, the base of the case has four raised surfaces (at the four corners) and the LiteOn sits perfectly on them. However, since I cannot screw the LiteOn in, I'll probably stick four bits of velcro at the four corners and that should keep the drive in place. (Incidentally, I use Velcro to mount my Da-Lite PermWall screen onto slotted railings - since, I didn't want to permanantly mount the screen to the wall with no option of even slight adjustments)
That said, there is one problem that I have yet to deal with. The face plate of the loader tray (the thinggy that slides out when you open the drive) is a little too wide (well, high, actually) for the opening in the case. It does look like the face plate of the tray is detachable and so, I might be able to make it fit. I was hoping that it would be a better fit, since, the LiteOn's bezel (front) is black and would've matched the D1's face plate very nicely.
For the time being, I've closed the D1's case and have kept the LiteOn on top of the case. The IDE cable is long enough for this; however, I had to extend the drive's power suppy cord (it's a standard 4-wire computer power supply connector cable and I had a few of those laying around). My D1 is on a shelf in a closet with almost no chance of being mechanically disturbed - so, I guess this should hold for a while.
The cool thing is that the D1's controls (faceplate and remote) work just fine to control all operations of the drive - such as open, play, etc.
Regarding power consumption, I don't know if there will be a problem. I've watched about 10 full length movies in the last three days and have also done a whole lot of chapter skipping, forwarding, rewinding (at different speeds) and haven't seen any problems. I guess my thinking is that since it is a standard computer power supply cable and a standard IDE cable, it should be able to support any standard DVD IDE drive and the FUSS just happens to have a lower power requirement. I could be wrong about this though. .
The whole replacement task took me about 15 minutes. I've spent way more than that with pretty much every DVD (on the FUSS loader) hoping that it would load and play.
Dell has a really good price on the retail boxed version of the LiteOn drive (black bezel). Take a look at the forums on cdfreaks.com for more info regarding this drive.