The CDROM code in Visopsys is apparently quite finicky, and many drives have issues, thus making booting from them impossible; trying to boot from such a drive results in a device error.
I have tested most of the spare drives in my possession and I have compiled two lists: the first one lists the working drives, the second one the non-working ones.
Obviously the lists are incomplete, but they can be an useful starting point: if you happen to have one of the drives listed, you will know it doesn't currently work, or that you may swap an incompatible drive in a system with a compatible one.
That is, until the CDROM code is fixed, which will be obviously the best solution!
- Mitsumi CRMC-FX4830T
GoldStar (LG) CRD-8482B
SmartPro DVDRW 2016IM
- Creative CD5233E
Panasonic/Matsushita SR-8585-B (Apple)