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DVD-ROM drive and "Yellow Gunk"

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by snackcracker, Jan 26, 2005.

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  1. snackcracker

    snackcracker Thread Starter

    Jan 26, 2005
    Just noticed something very odd.

    I have a Dell Inspiron 4000, circa 2001. This lightly-used computer was given to me as a gift last year by a dear friend who was annoyed by my constant complaints about my rapidly failing IBM desktop, and happened to have an extra computer lying about the house.

    The stock DVD-ROM drive is starting to give me problems. It works on most occasions, but after some boots I discover that it's not working and/or non recognized.

    Yesterday I decided to pull the drive out of the device bay in front of the computer, and I noticed that a great deal of scaly, yellow residue had collected on the bottom of the bay.

    I've heard of yellow gunk around heatsinks, and yellow gunk around leaking motherboard capacitors. But I've never heard of a failing DVD-ROM drive emitting yellow gunk. Any ideas as to what it could be and whether it might be connected to the problems with the device?

    Thanks for your help! :D
  2. rmay635703


    Nov 7, 2002
    I've seen "yellow gunk" in high speed cd-rom drives, though I've never torn a dvd apart.

    That gunk is usually greese for lubricating the gears, but the fact that its scaley and not greesy troubles me, sounds like a capacitor is failing inside the DVD drive, at any rate you will probably have to get a new one shortly.

  3. p8jx6


    Jan 24, 2005
    the cable might have died too, if the drive is haveing problems being reccigenized, that has happend to me the name when the MB auto detects it is all jumbled up, but i don't know about the yellow stuff, i have never personally seen it
  4. brite750


    Mar 16, 2002
    I say take it out in the woods and put a couple rounds in it :D, never heard of that before. :eek:
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