R40 Thinkpad - 4 years old - Windows XP - CD / DVD player has been working until recently. PC DOCTOR - does not list DVD as a device WINDOWS EXPLORER - does not list DVD as a device CONTROL PANEL / SYSTEM / HARDWARE / DEVICE MANAGER - does not list DVD / CD-ROM DRIVE as a device Put CD in drive and close door - spins and read light lites - no software player popup on screen appears. DISK is 95% full - cannot do defrag - not enough space Fixes Tried: Running latest files Norton Virus scan now ... do not expect detection Turned off and reboot - 1 error displayed "Windows Defender... memory location listed with error message" Rebooted with ACCESS IBM button - does not list CD / DVD player NEW HARDWARE - ran with "new hardware installed" does not "see" new cd drive. Hardware or driver problem?
THINKPAD 760EL I TAVE A INTALE CD ROM THAT IS NOT IN THE F1 SETUP WHAT DO I NEET TO DO. SO I CAN BOOT FROM THE CD ROM.
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If it is a direct replacement drive, exact size as old drive, then all you need to do is remove the old cd drive and slide the new drive into the slot until the back plug engages. Install new drivers as needed and any software that came with new drive. Hope this helps.
The problem is that you need to boot up the laptop with the CD as the first boot device so you can then install Windows XP.
If you press F12 a boot up you will get a list of alternate boot devices oher than the hard disk as the first boot device, which was set up in the BIOS. Select the CD as the first boot device and when prompted press the space bar to start the CD.
1. Sourcing a keyboard is easy, check EBay. Fitting it is easy, two or three screws from underneath and a single connector takes care of that. I just did one, and the keyboard cost me 20 pounds.
2. If you don't use the CD / dvd drive, then consider purchasing / loaning an external cd / dvd drive, which you then connect via USB. You can then reload Windows from this new device, and it will serve any new computers you may have in the future. Expect to pay 20 to 30 pounds from any high-street retailer.
To boot from this device (which you would want to do in order to load Windows from it), you will need to access the BIOS, and change the 'boot order'. So you interrupt normal boot, by pressing F1 (could be different o your comp), and make the USB cd / dvd the first device in the boot list.
Try physically removing the player and fire up the laptop. Power down the laptop, replace the player and power back up. If that doesn't help, see if BIOS recognizes it. If that doesn't work, get back to me. Ron-
Sounds like more of a software problem, I've had my dvd drive only show up as a cd drive but i think that was only in windows 98? Many problems will start showing up when your disk is very full. Try deleting some old files until you have 25% free space (only 75% full) or 20% free (80 full) at the minimum, then defragment. I recommend using a 3rd party program such as Diskeeper, since windows defrag Isn't very good. If you can not free up enough space because all of your things are too important to delete, think about buying an external hard drive to back up too, or simply look for a bigger hard drive of the laptop and copy the old hard drives contents to the new one using something like norton ghost. Most likely you would need a laptop hdd to desktop hdd converter, which is like $5 or less, so you can copy the contents since laptops can only have one hard drive (usually). If you can't do this or don't want to try it, bring your laptop to a pc repair shop and they will transfer your data to a bigger hdd for you for a nominal fee. Remember, I do not guarantee this to fix your dvd problem, but it is a good idea to do it anyways to increase performance and reliability.
I also have the same problem. I've tried all the above plus some added info. The floppy still works when I swap it with the DVD. Occasionally it works for a short time right after a hard boot but soon after it appears to uninstall. I have searched the net for answers to this problem without success. I tried the registry correction without avail. There has been some online comments that the problem appeared after an auto update from uSoft. I believe the problem is software or firmware related.