Question about IBM ThinkPad Soundcard
I'm assuming I can obtain some free advice.
I have a Samsung R40 notebook, approx 18 months old. The DVD R drive doesn't open, nothing jammed, no disc inside. The drawer will open if you use the paperclip and tiny aperture routine and when a disc is inserted nothing happens and the disc is not recognised. It used to work and I haven't used this DVD feature for ages, at least a year, but now it doesn't work at all. The light on the drawer doesn't work either.The laptop itself is in excellent condition and has barely been used, honest.
I can't seem to find THAT particular model number on Samsungs website. So I can only offer generalized advice.
It sounds like you are not getting power to this optical unit, as you said you don't get any activity light blinking.
Most Notebook manufacturers make their DVD units so that they can be swapped with other components. (Ie... a Floppy drive or additional battery etc....) If you have such a unit please swap out the components and see if the new one is recognized. If not proceed to next step.
With you DVD drive connected
Press the <Windows> key and <Pause/Break> simultaneously then select Device manager/ Hardware tab then device manager depending on whether you have Vista/XP then look under DVD/CD or Optical drives to see if the device is showing up
If it is NOT there you have a problem with the Physical connection between your PC and the drive and will likely need to have an authorized service person perform a repair.
If it IS shown in device manager then you likely have a driver issue. Take note of the exact name given to it under device manager and post THAT here and we can direct you to where you can get the proper driver.
Hope this helps ya,
Posted on Nov 14, 2008
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