Re: sense key error?

Leonard N. Zubkoff (
Sun, 2 Mar 1997 09:06:39 -0800

Date: Sun, 2 Mar 1997 12:02:34 -0500 (EST)
From: dave <>

On Sun, 2 Mar 1997, Leonard N. Zubkoff wrote:
> A SCSI MEDIUM ERROR means that the target device could not read the physical
> media for some reason. There's no way a MEDIUM ERROR is a driver problem.
> It's also not unheard of for a CD-ROM to have problems being read, and read
> just fine even a short while later.

Thanks for the info. I think I figured out what the problem was. I was
reading from the CD in a loop, to test some problems with what I thought
was a bad motherboard (before I replaced it) and the CD got so hot you
would not believe :)

Kinda stupid, I guess. THere must be better ways to test a bad scsi disk
and motherboard...

Excessive heat is one of the most common reasons for intermittent device
problems, along with power supplies that are too weak to handle a heavy load
but are adequate for typical case. I rather doubt most CD-ROMs are designed
for continuous duty, and especially not in a typical cooling environment.