How f*ckin wonderfull!!
PCLinuxOnline reports that the fault with Mandrake Linux 9.2 and LG drives has been found
Apparently, it's due to the buggy behavior of those CD-ROM drives. The command UPLOAD_FIRMWARE reuses the command FLUSH_CACHE. As you can imagine then, the result is a fried drive.
Mandrake 9.2 and LG-based CD-ROM drives
There are issues with Mandrake Linux 9.2 and LG-based CD-ROM drives
From the Mandrake Linux 9.2 errata page:
Error scenario: Installing 9.2 and being told unable to install the base system and subsequent reboot reveals that CD-ROM drive is physically dead.
Why: According to LG Electronics, their ODD (Optical Disc Drive) products do not support Linux nor do they test with Linux. Unfortunately, many Dell computers (possibly others) come with these CD-ROM drives.
Solution: Currently there is no solution or work-around for this issue; it is still under investigation. Damage occurs even when doing a network install. At this point, please do not install Mandrake Linux 9.2 on any computer containing a LG-based CD-ROM drive or it will damage your CD-ROM drive! We are actively looking for a solution to this problem.