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#1 2012-12-29 12:48:51

Ploink
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[Solved] Disabling Optical Drive

Hi,

I'm trying to disable my (internal) CD/DVD drive on my laptop, but I can't seem to find instructions on the forum or on the internet (I guess my search terms are just too generic). My main issue is that something seems to access the drive at intervals, and since my drive hasn't been working for a couple of years now, I thought it would be much less hassle to just disable it altogether (to save on power consumption too).

Can anyone give me some pointers on this?

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#2 2012-12-29 13:04:41

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Re: [Solved] Disabling Optical Drive

In general it's possible to remove the drive from the laptop. Makes it also lighter wink But if you don't want such a hole in your laptop, you could put it back in, but make sure that it's not being connected.

Maybe you could install a battery instead of the drive, which would give your laptop a longer runtime without external power.

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#3 2012-12-29 13:15:10

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Re: [Solved] Disabling Optical Drive

Yes, I think I'll eventually do that when I get around to opening it up, but I was hoping for a less time-intensive solution - something like just telling Arch not to load a particular kernel module or something (I'm not very familiar with the inner workings of linux smile )

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#4 2012-12-29 14:12:20

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Re: [Solved] Disabling Optical Drive

I don't know if this would be a good approach, but "cdrom" and "sr_mod" are the relevant modules that you could try unloading.


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#5 2012-12-29 14:31:05

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Re: [Solved] Disabling Optical Drive

Thanks! I'll unload sr_mod. Just curious though, why might it not be a good approach?

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#6 2012-12-29 14:37:18

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Re: [Solved] Disabling Optical Drive

No idea.  To clarify I have no reason to think it's a bad approach.  It was just a bit of 'caveat emptor' as I just don't have any relevant knowledge or experience, so there might be a much better way of doing this that I am not aware of.


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#7 2012-12-29 14:43:15

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Re: [Solved] Disabling Optical Drive

Have you tried disabling it from the BIOS?


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#8 2012-12-29 14:46:11

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Re: [Solved] Disabling Optical Drive

Well no, I haven't tried that. I'll try doing that now. Should be a much neater solution, thanks!

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