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Secondary master... None

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Hardware

Some days ago, I noticed that my computer booted a bit slower than usual. It kept hanging a few seconds in the POST on the "Secondary Master... None" message. I didn't pay much notice to it, because after my last apt-get dist-upgrade, I had my own share of problems. But yesterday when I tried to open the CD-writer lid, it refused. A quick look inside the computer didn't reveal any loose contacts, so I guess the CD-writer is dead. Damn.

Normally, I would just grab another CD reader or writer, and yank in back into my PC, but the fact that my computer is already 5 years old, and that I was planning anyway to buy a new one next year, makes me wait. I have a good idea what type I want for a new computer, so it's time to explore what's out there.