Background and Identification
The Asus DRW-B241 is a series of desktop PC optical drives that includes models DRW-B241ST and DRW-B241LT. Optical drives are devices that can read and/or write data from optical discs using lasers or electromagnetic waves near the visible spectrum of light. Optical drives are commonly found in desktop computers, game consoles, and CD/DVD/Blu-Ray players, as these devices all require the physical media of a laserdisc to operate, although the adoption of internet updates has made this less true for computers in recent years.
AsusTek Computer Inc. (stylized as ASUSTeK or ASUS) is a Taiwanese computer, phone hardware, and electronics company. Asus produces desktop computers, laptops, netbooks, Wi-Fi routers, projectors, monitors, motherboards, optical storage, graphics cards, workstations, and tablet PCs. Asus is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of some products.
The optical drive reads information from a disc by shooting a laser onto the surface and detecting the resultant reflections, which will vary based on the deviations on the surface of the disc. This process, known as the optical path, usually consists of a semiconductor laser diode to provide a light source, a lens to focus that light onto a particular spot on the disc, and a photodiode that picks up the reflected light.
The Asus DRW-B241 optical drive includes the name “ASUS” printed in capital letters on the front face of the device’s VHS flap. Several other logos are printed on the front face of the optical drive, including a DVD logo on the left-hand side of the VHS flap.